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January 8, 2009

Yoggie has invisible cloak for web browsers

Surf safely and securely

By Jason Stamper

Yoggie Security Systems, a company that develops fob-sized firewalls and other miniature security devices, has come up with an invisibility cloak for ultra-safe web browsing.

Announced this week at CES in Las Vegas and available from next month, the Online Anonymity feature will come with all Windows and OS X versions of Yoggie’s product lines

A huge advantage over other so-called invisible browsing options is that the heavy-duty encryption and decryption functions and other intensive program elements are all handled by the Yoggie security device.

The technology is based on the open source Tor (The Onion Router) technology, which effectively shields a web user against being spied on by anyone in the local network, any Web sites they visit, or by their ISP or any other authority that might be using web use tracking programs.

Come February, the new software will be automatically downloaded by all existing Yoggie devices, once they connect to Yoggie’s secure server.

The company also unwrapped its new $119 Firestick Pico system at the show. This is a Linux-based 300 MHz computer with a dual flash memory mechanism that works as an ‘untouchable operating system’ running an independent firewall application. The small device comes with Kaspersky security software built in.

Founded by Shlomo Touboul in 2005 to leverage behaviour-based blocking technology, the Yoggie has developed itself a niche supplying a full security suite on palm-size and smaller devices.

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It first targeted the mobile business workforce but now see a potential market among consumers as much as road warriors. The company is best known for its Gatekeeper Pico, a security device that comes in both USB stick and ExpressCard form that plugs into any laptop, PC or Mac.

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