Macintosh security software maker
has announced that its personal firewall utility software NetBarrier will provide security for users of wireless networks, such as Apple’s AirPort technology.
Intego said that they’ve made this announcement to help assuage wireless network users in light of
recent news coverage
regarding the vulnerability of wireless networks to hacker attacks. According to recent reports, engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, have been able to compromise the Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) algorithm used by the 802.11 standard (upon which Apple’s AirPort technology is based).
If users have NetBarrier installed, this access will be limited to the base station only, said Intego. The base station is the part of the AirPort infrastructure that provides shared Internet access.
“NetBarrier’s firewall and AntiVandal will provide the same protection as when hackers attempt to attack a computer from over the Internet,” said Intego. “And, if users are running an AppleTalk network, with password-protected access, NetBarrier’s AntiVandal will detect and block attempts to gain access to the network.”