Some of you may well be familiar with the Yoggie Gatekeeper; this smart little device is in essence a complete computer running Linux. The device sits on your network, filtering all traffic through various security engines. This, however, may not be convenient for home users nor those who are frequently on the road.
Yoggie has now released its ‘Pico’ gateway which is available in both personal and pro variants. The Yoggie Pico is a small USB device that actually contains a complete computer running the Linux operating system. The device uses an Intel PXA270 processor (as found in many smart phones and other mobile devices) to offload firewall and antivirus functions increasing performance of the host PC. All network traffic (from wired or wireless adaptors) is routed via the USB device, and therefore the Yoggie security applications. The interface works at 480Mbps so users of Wi-Fi and 100Mbps LAN will not notice any loss of performance; although, if you use a 1Gbps LAN there could be some noticeable degradation.
The Yoggie provides an array of security related services:
- Anti Virus
- Anti Spam
- Anti Phishing
- Intrusion Detection
- Intrusion Prevention
- Firewall (Stateful Inspection)
- Web Filtering
- Parental Content Control
- Adaptive Security Policy™
- Multi-Layer Security Agent™
- Layer-8 Security Engine
Although it could be inconvienient for mobile users to carry around yet another USB device, and one which must be plugged in at all times, I think the performance gains from offloading anti-virus and anti-malware services could make this a winner with those who are not ready to upgrade their hardware just yet.
I’m expecting to be able to test one of these within the next few weeks so keep your eyes peeled. I’ll be sure to post a full review.