On Wednesday we reported that Symantec is revamping much of its product line to improve or add Mac OS X compatibility.
Open Door Networks, provider of Internet security solutions for the Mac, announced that its Who’s There? Firewall Advisor will be included as a component of Symantec’s Norton Internet Security for Macintosh 2.0. Who’s There? helps users understand, analyze and react to attacks detected by the Norton Personal Firewall component of Norton Internet Security.
“With an ever-growing number of computers connected to the Internet through ‘always on’ connections, there has been a significant increase in the number of hackers attempting to infiltrate those computers,” Alan Oppenheimer, president of Open Door Networks, said. “Norton Personal Firewall was developed to thwart and log those intrusion attempts. Who’s There? Firewall Advisor works with Norton Personal Firewall to provide in-depth information that helps users determine the degree to which they should be concerned about particular intrusion attempts, and what they can do in response.”
Open Door and Symantec have worked together for the past couple of years. In 2000, Symantec licensed Open Door’s DoorStop firewall technology and used it as the basis for Norton Personal Firewall. Open Door and Symantec also worked together on the Mac OS X version of that firewall, in addition to Open Door’s shipping the original version of Who’s There? in January, 2001, Oppenheimer said.
Though it’s included in the Symantec suite, Open Door will also continue to distribute Who’s There? independently. Details of Who’s There? and free evaluation versions of the product for both Mac OS 9 and X are available at the Open Door Web site.