ADSL security box gets airing

Trend Micro is talking up a fast-selling ADSL security box that it created for the Taiwanese market.

Trend Micro is talking up a fast-selling ADSL security box that it created for the Taiwanese market.

GateLock is a departure for Trend Micro, which is traditionally a supplier of enterprise security software, in that it is a piece of hardware aimed at the consumer and small business market.

Trend Micro started making GateLock, a box which fits between a user’s modem and PC — or between the modem and hub — after requests from Taiwan’s biggest telco, Chunghwa Telecom, for a device that protects ADSL users from viruses and hackers. ADSL is also the technology behind Telecom’s JetStream service.

Frederick Hseu (pictured right), Trend Micro’s visiting broadband senior sales manager, says GateLock has chalked up more than 200,000 Chunghwa Telecom customers since it went on sale eight months ago.

He says its appeal lies in the fact it that multiple security applications can be housed on the one device and added with minimal effort by the user. “It’s a self-contained box, a platform we can keep adding applications to.”

Hseu says Trend Micro has held talks with “five major Australasian telcos” about the product. Attempts to contact Xtra and TelstraClear by publication deadline were unsuccessful.

An internet search under “GateLock” turned up mainly positive reviews, though one IT technician who installed it noted that its “technical implementation of POP3 email virus scanning has been less than perfect”. The problem he found was with fetchmail, a Unix-based server client. He also found that GateLock’s administrative IP address couldn’t be changed, but overall gave the product a three out of five rating. Another review noted that “it’s not the cheapest router you can buy, but there’s the premium charged for the antivirus features.”

Hseu says GateLock is retailing in Taiwan for $US180.

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