Agnitum Directions (January, 2008)
- Special offer: Get 1 year of free protection for your business or classroom!
- Security Teacher: Security Choices, Part 1: The Software Firewall
- Security Horoscope: Agnitum’s astrology department is still going strong!
- Plans for 2008: Chief Architect Alexey Belkin gives a sneak peek at new functionality for 2008
We hope your New Year is off to a great start! That’s certainly true for those of you who took advantage of our “1 license = 3 installations” promotion and secured three computers with Agnitum’s award-winning protection for the price of one. The beginning of 2008 brings a new special offer, this time for small businesses and educational institutions. Staying with an educational theme, this month’s Security Teacher presents the first article in a series of security tips – The Software Firewall. On a less serious note, we’re still maintaining Security Horoscopes for your entertainment and education. And last but not least, Alexey Belkin, Chief Software Architect for Agnitum, tells us about some of the new functionality we can expect to see in future versions of the Outpost 2008 products. All this and more in your January Directions!
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Get 1 year of free protection for your business or classroom!
From now until March 1, 2008, Agnitum is extending a special offer to anyone looking for a great deal on security for a small business or educational institution. If you have a minimum of five PCs, you can protect your office or classroom against Internet threats for two years for the price of one. This offer covers both Outpost Firewall Pro and Outpost Security Suite Pro 2008.
Follow this link to learn more about how your office or classroom can benefit from this offer!
Security Choices, Part 1: The Software Firewall
The Security Teacher is back in school!
This issue brings the first in a series of introductory articles for less-experienced users wanting to learn more about the security solution options available to them today. It’s also a useful refresher for others, who may also find these articles of interesting as a concise summary, update and review of what is often a disparate collection of information. The goal of the series is to provide a balanced overview of currently-available categories of security solution, citing their main uses and capabilities as well as their limitations and drawbacks.
This first article focuses on software firewalls which, along with anti-virus software, are considered an essential part of computer security. We’ll be looking at anti-virus in the next article.
Click here to read more!
Agnitum’s astrology still going strong!
Many of you have already checked out the interpretations Agnitum’s astrologists have applied to your Zodiac signs. Discovering that their web-surfing habits and attitude to Internet security might be related to their Zodiac sign has encouraged many of you to share and discuss the results. Tell your friends to try it too – after all, if they’re lax about online security, you could be the one to suffer!
Spread the word! Click your sign and post the data on your blog.
You can browse all twelve on our Horoscope page.
Alexey Belkin gives us a sneak peek at some of the new functionality in store for Agnitum products this year
In 2008, we will continue to enrich our products with the latest functionality and improvements to your security and your user experience. In the next upgrade to OFP and OSS 2008, codenamed R2, we’ll be integrating functionality similar to that provided currently by the Blockpost third-party plugin.
Q.: Alexey, what does Blockpost do? Please also tell us a little about its history.
A.: Blockpost was originally developed by an Outpost fan as a separate plugin. Its goal is to block malicious web sites and advertising networks through the use of a blacklist of IP-addresses associated with these sites. Many users requested that we incorporate this kind of functionality into the base products, so we’ve written a new module to provide this capability. While the original Blockpost plugin was good, it wasn’t compatible with the latest Outpost version that support Vista, IPv6 and x64 systems.
Q.: How is Blockpost different from the spyware-site blocking and web control functions already in Outpost? They seem to be doing the same thing. What’s the difference?
A.: Yes, Outpost does already provide several different ways to block unwanted IPs, special firewall rules being one of them. But Blockpost gives you more flexibility - it is completely user-controlled and user-generated. You can upload your own lists of infective IPs, even define a range of IP numbers that you consider unsafe. And you don’t have to spend extra time creating rules - there are text-based lists of bad IPs easily available on the Internet.
Q.: But what works for one person might not work for another…
A.: That’s absolutely true. And false positives can also happen unless you’re careful. You need to double-check the IPs before you add them to Blockpost - some of the lists out there are old, and the IP addresses on those lists may well have become legitimate in the interim. No-one wants to give up half of their Internet sources just because somebody had once put them on a blacklist. Tastes differ, and people change.
Q.: So how would you sum up the user benefits of Blockpost?
A.: Blockpost saves time by ensuring that the websites you visit are legitimate, supports all the new Outpost architectures, has an easy-to-use interface, and provides more control and stability.
Q.: Thanks, Alexey! Sounds like a great start to the year for Outpost users!
Now that the holidays are over, we wish you a safe and peaceful 2008. This year, we promise to deliver new products and improved versions of Outpost Security Suite Pro and Outpost Firewall Pro 2008 to bring you the most complete protection possible against Internet-borne threats. Keep your eyes out for the next updates!
With best wishes,
Your Agnitum team