Facetime Real-Time Guardian 500

By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2006-02-06 Print this article Print

Review: The appliance provides good anti-spyware defense for HTTP communications and relatively simple and unintrusive deployment options, but it completely lacks defense against FTP-borne threats.

Facetimes Real-Time Guardian 500 appliance, running RTG 3.1 firmware (Build 1413), effectively blocks what the company terms "greynets," applications of dubious nature—at least for enterprises—that sneak out over Port 80. eWEEK Labs found the RTG appliance effective not only at blocking spyware over HTTP connections, but also for shutting down unapproved instant messaging and peer-to-peer network connections. However, the RTG 500 whiffed on safeguarding FTP downloads.

Click here to read the full review of FaceTime Real-Time Guardian 500.

Andrew cut his teeth as a systems administrator at the University of California, learning the ins and outs of server migration, Windows desktop management, Unix and Novell administration. After a tour of duty as a team leader for PC Magazine's Labs, Andrew turned to system integration - providing network, server, and desktop consulting services for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. With eWEEK Labs since 2003, Andrew concentrates on wireless networking technologies while moonlighting with Microsoft Windows, mobile devices and management, and unified communications. He produces product reviews, technology analysis and opinion pieces for eWEEK.com, eWEEK magazine, and the Labs' Release Notes blog. Follow Andrew on Twitter at andrewrgarcia, or reach him by email at agarcia@eweek.com.

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