The new generation of high-speed Internet connections come with their own problem — home users typically don’t deploy the same security resources as a corporate user does.
Telecom has introduced a virtual private network (VPN) package for its commercial Jetstream customers and offers a similar system for home users wanting better security.
“It is an issue for all users but particularly for users whose connection is ‘always on’,” says Telecom spokesperson Glen Sowry.
Jetstream, Telecom’s DSL (digital subscriber line) offering, gives users download speeds of up to 1Mb/second over the existing copper-line network.
The connection with the Internet is “always on”, meaning users don’t have to dial up each time they wish to connect.
“Every user should have a personal firewall at home,” says Internet security developer Symantec’s country manager, Richard Batchelar, in making particular reference to users with any form of high-speed connection.
Users must be aware of the dangers of leaving their PC connected and unmonitored, he says.
“We provide firewall protection for our customers,” says Walker Wireless CEO, Paul Ryan.
Walker Wireless is an Auckland-based wireless Internet company which offers wireless connectivity both internally and out to the Internet. Personal users will be given a software solution rather than a higher-end hardware solution, he says.
“Now we’ve got new frequencies, the cable modems have some inherent security in them anyway.”
Telecom’s offerings include a firewall from SonicWALL Security, a Californian Internet security firm. For home users the client-side software costs $150 excluding GST and installation.