Spyware Gets Boot at the Gateway

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

Review: But Facetime, McAfee, Mi5 appliances need a little help from desktop friends.

By monitoring and blocking users access to spyware-laden Web sites and downloads, anti-spyware gateway appliances give IT administrators an effective way to deter malware before it gets a chance to infect corporate workstations. However, these devices cannot be relied on as the sole line of spyware defense, as they provide no cleaning services or oversight for computers that move outside the corporate network.

eWEEK Labs recently tested three anti-spyware gateway appliances: FaceTime Communications Real-Time Guardian 500, McAfees Secure Web Gateway 3300 and Mi5s Enterprise Spygate 005.

In general, all the products were effective in blocking most threats, using combinations of embedded URL blacklists and deep-inspection technology to match threat signatures. McAfees SWG 3300 appliance had the most comprehensive threat detection capabilities, albeit at a substantially higher cost than the other products we tested. The FaceTime and Mi5 appliances are much more affordable and both show much potential, but each currently has significant drawbacks.

Click here to read the full review of Mi5 Enterprise Spygate 005. Click here to read the full review of McAfee Secure Web Gateway 3300. 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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