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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
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Usage Continued

Device status shows the model, version, virus signatures date, CPU model, memory, uptime, date, and usage information. The advanced settings dialog allows the user to further customize the web filter, firewall, size policy, and other things.

I used the Yoggie Gatekeeper Pico for a few days to see how it handles traffic. It blocked the Eicar test virus and kept me off of some well-known hacking sites, such as and Each time something was blocked, the threat meter went up. I checked the logs, too, to see the text of what things Yoggie has blocked.

When one removes the Yoggie, network traffic stops. This might be a security feature, but I think it's annoying. What if I lose it? What if it stops working? Well, then, one would think it can be easily disabled. Not so, folks. In order to disable it, I have to input a password. What password do I use? I tried the device password, and it didn't work. I tried my Windows password-blank--and it didn't work. I don't know what other password to use! I can assume that it probably wants a real Windows password, but didn't I already enter that to login to Windows if I had it set? Requiring a password and not defining exactly the nature of the password is putting the user in a box from which they cannot escape and is not a good decision.

Also, if the device is not connected, it takes a good 2-3 minutes to be recognized and configured by Windows before you can use the network. I don't want to have to wait this long.

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