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Security in a Box
D-Link's SecureSpot
by Karl Bode 12:55PM Thursday Jun 15 2006
Gizmodo takes a look at the new SecureSpot Internet Security Device by D-Link. The $99 device (plus $79 yearly fee to keep it updated) includes a firewall, spyware protection, virus protection, identity theft protection, pop-up blocker, spam blocker and parental controls, all of which are controllable via a browser interface. More details via D-Link's Product Page.

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Cheese
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Interesting......

Is this in the firmware? How would this take to daily updates if it's in the firmware?

peter_m
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Re: Interesting......

The idea is cool specially for people who don't want to bother with all the different security apps or for someone who is computer illiterate. I would wait and see how it performs, specially if it's from Dlink and it involves updates to the firmware...

Will the updates require a monthly service fee?

Cheese
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Re: Interesting......

said by peter_m:

The idea is cool specially for people who don't want to bother with all the different security apps or for someone who is computer illiterate. I would wait and see how it performs, specially if it's from Dlink and it involves updates to the firmware...

Will the updates require a monthly service fee?
Good question. And yes, as for Dlink, I will wait and see.

Karl Bode
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That was my question as well, and so far I don't see any indication of such...

Scratch that: looks like a $79 yearly fee, a little steep for keeping my definitions updated....

Chiyo
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Re: Interesting......

Sounds too good to be true but we'll see. Interested in reading a few reviews.

FFH
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Re: Interesting......

said by Chiyo:

Sounds too good to be true but we'll see. Interested in reading a few reviews.
A very short review:
»laptopmag.com/CES2006/WrapUp/D-L···Spot.htm
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thatdood

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Looks like it acts as a inline layer 2 bridge. I wonder what the wirespeed performance is going to be?

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...the $79 is the second year. The initial $100 purchase includes the first year for up to 4 computers.

FFH
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said by peter_m:

Will the updates require a monthly service fee?
The purchase price is $100.
The YEARLY fee is $79 for updates for up to 4 computers.

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said by peter_m:

The idea is cool specially for people who don't want to bother with all the different security apps or for someone who is computer illiterate.
It seems if it takes on those capabilities it would free PC CPUs of some processing normally devoted to running those apps on the PC. That in itself could be a nice benefit.
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said by peter_m:

The idea is cool specially for people who don't want to bother with all the different security apps or for someone who is computer illiterate. I would wait and see how it performs, specially if it's from Dlink and it involves updates to the firmware...

Will the updates require a monthly service fee?
On top of the yearly one? I doubt it...

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said by Cheese:

Is this in the firmware? How would this take to daily updates if it's in the firmware?
According to D-Link web site, the device automatically links to update sites to download tables to maintain updated signatures and definitions. From that, I assume that the firmware is the core code, and tables provide the customization and updated signatures and definitions.

Also, it looks like pieces reside outside of the security device. It is a 3 layer product:
THREE LAYERS OF PROTECTION
The SECURESPOT is the first all-in-one, plug and play desktop Internet Security Device designed to provide three layers of protection: the Web Layer, the SECURESPOT Hardware Layer, and the Individual Computer Layer. The Web Service Layer manages your home network security with real-time updates of antivirus, spam, spyware, reporting and content filtering databases. The SECURESPOT Layer provides network perimeter protection through firewall, content filtering, virus filtering, application control, identity theft, and reporting. The Individual Computer Layer protects by applying antivirus and spyware detection and removal, pop-up control, and application control.
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said by Cheese:

Is this in the firmware? How would this take to daily updates if it's in the firmware?
Ummm perhaps via that mystical network called 'internet'?

Cheese
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Re: Interesting......

said by kamm:

said by Cheese:

Is this in the firmware? How would this take to daily updates if it's in the firmware?
Ummm perhaps via that mystical network called 'internet'?
I can still see, that you are a complete ignorant ****, I wasn't asking "how they would come to the device". I was talking about how the updates would work on a daily basis if it's built into the firmware. Take your trolling ass somewhere else please, your welcome still has worn out with me.
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this is old technology i seen this already its called spam cube, has 2 ports, same size, etc looks like d-link ripped them off. Spam Cube was reviewed by the New York Times like 6 months ago surprised you guys never heard of it

google spam cube about 2million hits come up

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Just spoke with a DLINK sales rep... The fee is $19.95 a year for the first 4 computers, then $19.95 for each additional four computers.

rob_in_chatt
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blah

i am an assistant manager for a very popular southern fast food chain (fresh, hot, small & square is your hint to the chain name) but we offer free WIFI access to the public. all our stores that run the WIFI have the Cisco 500 directly behind the modem. it runs that shitty St. Bernard software. well www.limewire.com is filtered out, it says its restricted and so is break.com but here is the kicker. you can install any p2p program from your home and still use it to access our free internet to run the application. i have caught several people in the parking lot, sitting there for hours on end downloading god knows what. well i have a switch in the back that shuts off the wireless. when i see someone in the parking lot for an odd amount of time i go and shut the access point off. i love it when they come in and complain your free internet went down and my reply is oh really? i dont even own a computer so im clueless to whats wrong with it. i hope that the firmware on this little box DLink offers is a little more secure than that crap from St Bernard.

edit: what kills me is the ISP for the majority of all our stores is comcast and in comcasts EULA or TOS i think its referred to as, strictly prohibits public sharing of the connection. does this make a difference seeing how it is a company doing it? i dont want to sit and read the TOS to find out so maybe someone knows about that because i dont.

Cheese
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Re: blah

said by rob_in_chatt:

i am an assistant manager for a very popular southern fast food chain (fresh, hot, small & square is your hint to the chain name) but we offer free WIFI access to the public.
Mmmmm, White Castle or Krystal Burger?

techwench
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Re: blah

I'm guessing Krystal.

...I'm hungry now...

Cheese
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Re: blah

said by techwench:

I'm guessing Krystal.

...I'm hungry now...
Well, they both do the same type of burgers. Both Yummy too!

techwench
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Re: blah

said by Cheese:

Well, they both do the same type of burgers. Both Yummy too!
Yes!

...well, unless you get those frozen white castle burgers...(not so hungry, anymore *thinking of frozen white castle burgers*)

Krystal offers wifi (just came back from their website). I just wish they had one closer to me...like...across the street would be nice!

Cheese
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Re: blah

said by techwench:

said by Cheese:

Well, they both do the same type of burgers. Both Yummy too!
Yes!

...well, unless you get those frozen white castle burgers...(not so hungry, anymore *thinking of frozen white castle burgers*)

Krystal offers wifi (just came back from their website). I just wish they had one closer to me...like...across the street would be nice!
Yea, Don't have either down here, except frozen

rob_in_chatt
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Re: blah

yup........Krystal

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YUM, Yum belly bombers

footballdude
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said by Cheese:

said by techwench:

I'm guessing Krystal.
Well, they both do the same type of burgers. Both Yummy too!
You.. are crazy! Krystal doesn't taste ANYTHING like White Castle. They look the same, yes, but they are definitely not the same. I remember the first time I traveled south and ate a Krystal, expecting it to be like WC. I was horribly disappointed. I think WC soaks the buns in the onion grease, while Krystal serves 'em dry.
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Cheese
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Re: blah

said by footballdude:

said by Cheese:

said by techwench:

I'm guessing Krystal.
Well, they both do the same type of burgers. Both Yummy too!
You.. are crazy! Krystal doesn't taste ANYTHING like White Castle. They look the same, yes, but they are definitely not the same. I remember the first time I traveled south and ate a Krystal, expecting it to be like WC. I was horribly disappointed. I think WC soaks the buns in the onion grease, while Krystal serves 'em dry.
I haven't had them in MANY years, but all I remember is, I liked them!

rob_in_chatt
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Re: blah

the cooking process is fairly the same, the secret to it is the amount of onions that are placed on the burger, what makes the bun soggy is how much onion juice is put on the grill from the onions. a 3 finger pinch is what goes on each patty and the grills hold 24 each. white castle's are the "no flip" meaning a ton of onions are put on the grill first (about 3 times as many as our procedure), then the meat patty then the bread. you then close the lid and it cooks that way. from start to finish, its about 7 minutes for us anyway. the white castles takes a little while longer to cook as the product is put together with the meat frozen. so the longer they are under the grill lid, the soggier they are going to be. ours is meat first, then onions. after the first stage, the timer beeps, you then flip the meat, add the buns and close the lid. WC vs Us, the buns are under a lid steaming for about 3.5 minutes longer. krystal's standards are for approx. 50% of the bun where the meat is to have the "grey goo" as its referred too. meaning about half the bun where the meat is should be slightly soggy.

EDIT : wow, i didnt mean to create a thread within a thread...........sorry mods

footballdude
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Re: blah

said by rob_in_chatt:

i didnt mean to create a thread within a thread...........sorry mods
Stream of consciousness, gotta love it.

Doesn't Krystal also put mustard on theirs? WC just slaps a pickle on.
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rob_in_chatt
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Re: blah

mustard and piuckle yes...........its been so long since i had a WC i think they use ketchup instead of mustard.

footballdude
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Re: blah

said by rob_in_chatt:

its been so long since i had a WC i think they use ketchup instead of mustard.
Nope, nothing but onions and a pickle.
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techwench
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Gizmodo makes me lol

said by Gizmodo :
The included software can be controlled with a Web-based interface, provided your kid hasn’t already blocked access to it.
That is priceless!

POB
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No Thanks

Overpriced and probably easily exploitable too. All-in-ones aren't usually worth the money because bundling processes usually results in the wholesale depreciation of the entire thing. There is no possible way that D-Link could ever hope to keep up with, much less outpace, hackers, crackers, spyware, spybots & spam.

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D-Link's crap is the worst products I've ever seen.

In my experience D-Link's products are nothing but junk. In fact they have had Federal Trade Com. class action lawsuits. Online reviews of D-Link crap also independently confirms the many defects with D-Link products.
ColateralDMG

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The black box that does it all. How? With magic!

"You can either download security software for all of the PCs on your home or office network—and pull your hair out trying to keep every computer up to date—or you can buy the SecureSpot Internet Security Device."

I find it funny I have 4 computers, 5 plus my lan server, that all auto update and scan. Sure the scan eats up cpu cycles but nothing beats free. This looks like a product for the computer illiterate that thinks, "Oh no spam and viruses attacking my computer we need an all in one box to stop it" I doubt there's any major hacker protection but It might stop obvious exploits.

I'll leave my final verdict till after a few major reviews shows what it really can do.
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What i'd like to know is how it will keep your identity safe. It's not like the software can tell when the idiot, excuse me, user, willingly types and sends out his bank account info or what not.
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Actually, that is exactly what it does.

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I have a DSD-150

Out of curiosity I bought a DSD-150 about a month ago for my 4 computer LAN. It sits between a Dlink cable modem and Linksys WRT54G, and hasn't given me any trouble yet. The firmware has already been upgraded once, and a second beta firmware just came out on 6/08.

The GUI is a bit confusing at first, but isn't horrible.

A thin client sits on each PC on the LAN as one level of protection.

The Anti-virus is provided by Sophos and there are frequent updates. However, at this point anti-virus capabilities are rather sparse. For example, there is no capability for doing a right click single file scan. At the same time, there was a noticeable difference in speed going from NAV2005 on each machine to the thin client.

The way you protect your identity is you upload up any sensitive numbers (Social Security, Credit Cards, etc) to the DSD-150, and then set parameters for allowing that information outside the LAN. I haven't tried it yet, so I can't say if it is effective.

I'm still on the fence on this one. No one in my family really does any dangerous Internet surfing, so I'm probably no the best candidate to say if this thing really protects you from yourself.
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