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SOHOware releases BroadGuard

Sun, 03/11/2001 - 7:00pm
Karen Kessler-Tanaka

SOHOware's BroadGuard secure cable/DSL router is now available at consumer electronic stores, including Best Buy, Micro Center and Fry's Electronics.

BroadGuard includes a 10/100 Mbps autosensing switch to boost performance and expand a network. According to the company, BroadGuard is the first broadband router on the market to bring professional-level Internet security and broadband sharing to consumers without requiring complex IT support. BroadGuard offers Internet security features for residential, telecommuting and small office/home office customers employing high-speed broadband connectivity applications.

According to industry analyst firmCahners In-Stat, consumer based Internet security will be a growing market. Withgrowth in the always-on Internet market, the threat of invasion and sabotage multiplies.

"Hardware-based solutions such as NAT routers and more robust firewall/gateways such as SOHOware's BroadGuard solution will continue to become more important as consumers become aware of the dangers of always-on Internet access," said Jaclynn Bumback, Cahners In-Stat analyst.

SOHOware's BroadGuard provides Internet security features including a front-end firewall to hide the network, and a "demilitarized zone," which safely isolates a server PC within a network. Its Internet firewall also includes stateful packet inspection, which detects hacker attempts and blocks data movement, denial of service prevention, and HackerAlert messaging that notifies users of intrusions by sending an email message.

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