- Network administrators vying for more control over Napster and other popular sites that suck the life out of corporation's computer bandwidth may get some help from Tiny Software and its firewall upgrade.
Personal Firewall 2.0 will allow network administrators to remotely control and monitor users' activities from a central location, acting as an application layer filter. Administrators could limit or ban access to audiostreaming or videostreaming media, as well as receive activity and productivity reports.
The firewall maker says the US Air Force Information Warfare Center will deploy the firewall upgrade as part of the government agency's plans to develop a centrally managed desktop security system. Tiny Software executives declines to announce the financial details of the contract, but the security system will run across 500,000 desktop systems. The system, which Tiny Software is developing, will report suspicious events and log network connections to a central administration server.
The firewall runs on Windows 95, 98, Me, 2000 and Windows NT 4.0. It is available at the company's website (www.tinysoftware.com) for free for individual users, and starting at $US39 for corporate customers. The central console component will be rolled out in late December or January, but pricing isn't set.