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Agnitum Directions (June, 2008)

  • Product news:
    On the road to Outpost 2009 – hot news for the hot summer
  • Reviews:
    Cyber Top Cops reviews OSS 2008
  • Security Insight:
    The perils of social networking

Dear Readers,

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, the weather is getting hotter – and here in St Petersburg, so is Agnitum’s development process. In this newsletter, you’ll learn more about our progress with the Outpost 2009 product line. The team is working on all three 2009 products concurrently to ensure everything works correctly across all products, and we are happy to bring you an update on those improvements. You’ll also find an interesting test of the current version of Outpost Security Suite Pro from a popular e-security site. Finally, we’ll hand over to Igor Pankov for his regular security insight.

As always, we appreciate your feedback, so please use our web mail form or blog to send us your comments and opinions!

On the road to Outpost 2009, news for the hot summer

Outpost 2009, now in beta, is making good progress. We are planning a triple release (Outpost Security Suite Pro, Outpost Firewall Pro and Outpost Antivirus Pro 2008) this summer. As we noted before, the main focus of the 2009 products is improved usability and convenience. We’ve implemented a number of interface updates to make Outpost controls more intuitive and to provide more flexibility in choosing security options and making adjustments. These changes affect the main program window, advanced log structure and several of the menus.

That’s not to say there are no technology improvements in Outpost 2009. The revamped SmartScan significantly speeds up malware scans, the IP Blocklist module gives you customized protection against web-borne threats, strengthened anti-leak mechanism to combat the latest threats, the anti-keylogger plugin as part of Host Protection to prevent disclosure of your personal data entered through the keyboard – and there will be more. You’ll just have to wait a little while longer before we unveil the final pleasant surprises!

As you know from previous newsletters, we’ve started a series of Outpost 2009-related notes on our corporate blog. Alexey Belkin, Chief Software Architect for Agnitum, continues to provide in-depth analysis of the new features every Monday.

Here’s what he’s posted so far

If you would like to join the beta test program and help us improve the product, please use this beta-program link. You can subscribe to the RSS feed for blog updates or check the permanent link.

Cyber Top Cops evaluates OSS 2008

While Outpost 2009 is in beta, Outpost Security Suite Pro 2008 is still gathering positive reviews from around the world. This time OSS was tested in South Africa by prominent security specialist and founder of the Cyber Top Cops portal Coenraad de Beer. His detailed review of Agnitum’s Suite and its capabilities once again pointed up the advantages you’re already familiar with, and emphasized the ease-of-use, low resource consumption, and low requirement for user interaction:

"What impressed me the most with Outpost Security Suite Pro is the way it familiarises itself with your system.<...> With most security suites, it normally takes weeks to sort out firewall configurations and compatibility issues with your current software, but Outpost Security Suite Pro adapted quite well to the software I used on my PC. I had so little to do after installing the security suite that I sometimes forgot that Outpost Security Suite Pro was running on my PC."

The reviewer concluded: “Agnitum Outpost Security Suite Pro certainly appeals to advanced users, but the easy to use interface and impressive setup routine make it an attractive option for the novice user as well. It is built around an impressive firewall system and its malware capabilities are getting better by the day. There is certainly some room for improvement in certain departments, but it is my personal opinion that Outpost Security Suite Pro has the potential to become a leader in the Internet Security Suite market.”

You can read the full version of the article here.

The Perils of Social Networking

According to some estimates, more than thirty percent of US web traffic is taken up by users interacting on social networks like Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn. Social networks (SN) can be fun and useful places to be when you want to hang out with your friends online, meet new colleagues, discuss a news event or engage in hot-button debate.

The main benefit of social networking is that it connects people with common interests or occupations and provides an easy way to share information, opinions, photos, videos, and just about everything else.

But there are also drawbacks to the open environments that constitute social networking. As you may have guessed from the title, the dark side of social networking is the focus of Agnitum’s Security Insight in June.

Read more to learn the details.

In conclusion

The summer has started and you may want to take a break from your PC. However, you should be aware that just because you’re not doing much with your computer, that doesn’t mean the bad guys aren’t still trying to break your security defenses. Keep your updates running, your software patched and your mind open to new ideas. Stay tuned and take care of yourself while Agnitum takes care of your Internet security.

With best wishes,
Your Agnitum team



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