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Yoggie Gatekeeper Pico Security Mini-Computer Review -


Product: Yoggie Gatekeeper Pico Security Mini-Computer
Date: March 5, 2008
Author: Colin Dean
Edited By: Ashley Donaldson
Provided By: Yoggie
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5
Discussion: Discuss in Forums


Installing the Yoggie Gatekeeper Pico was as easy as plugging into a USB port the Pico device and installing some software from the CD. The driver apparently hooks into Windows' networking stack, forwarding all inbound traffic to the device for processing. The traffic is then returned to Windows for consumption.

This perplexes me. Why not include a separate part of the Yoggie which acts as a flash drive, similarly to some WiFi devices, and includes the drivers right on the stick? It's not a big thing, but it would make the Yoggie Pico all that much easier to use.

After installing the software, including a tray icon which tells me if the device is connected and enabled and provides a launcher for the web-based control panel.

When I tried to open the control panel, I got a domain mismatch error. This means that the domain name of the SSL certificate proffered by the device does not match the address at which I'm connecting to it. However, Internet Explorer gets the correct domain name, whereas Firefox gets the IP address. This is annoying, but it's unlikely ever to change even with firmware updates.

The front page of the device is a simple username/password dialog. The defaults is admin/yoggie. I was asked to pick a language, read the EULA, and input my name, email address, and product key.

I have some problems with the EULA and the product key. I'm not a fan of some of the language of the EULA. IANAL, but section 2, permitted the use of the Yoggie Gatekeeper Pico on only one computer! Does this mean at a time? Or can I move the unit from computer to computer as I move? Section 5(g) prohibits benchmarking and comparisons, 5(h) prohibits publishing reviews without consent of Yoggie! I've seen text similar to section 5 in other products, and it can essentially be taken with a grain of salt. However, the text of section 2 supports the use of a product key.

However, I see no point to the product key. If someone has the device in their possession, they shouldn't need a key in order to operate it. Furthermore, once the key is input the first time, it is no longer used! Why even have a product key, then?

I can share usage information with Yoggie. I'd rather not, thank you, and think most people who would use this device to maintain their security and privacy would opt out of sharing such information. Lastly, I was asked to supply a new password.

I opted out of installing the included copy of Kapersky Anti-Virus. It should be noted that, while the device is very effective, there are still things that only a desktop anti-virus package can scan, such as the boot loader, files already on the machine, or files downloaded through protocols which the Gatekeeper Pico cannot scan.

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