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McAfee Launches Online Wi-Fi Security Service

Security vendor McAfee, Inc. this week launched an on-line Wi-Fi security scanning service and said that it is developing a standalone WLAN security product that will be released later this year.

The company's free online WiFiScan product was launched this week on the company's Web site. It downloads an ActiveX control that scans your wireless network and warns about potential security breaches and describes how to fix them. It can detect, for instance, the presence of an Evil Twin threat, as well as what networks and network-enabled devices are near-by.

"It finds all the usual suspects and provide potential corrections," Drew Carter, McAfee's product manager for strategic opportunities, said in an interview Thursday. "But it's just the phase one of a two-phase project."

By that, Carter said that McAfee is using the current free online service to gather information about the nature of the wireless security issues and will use that information as it develops its standalone product. He said that product, currently called McAfee Wi-Fi Security, should ship in the third quarter of this year.

Carter stressed that all visits to the WiFiScan site are completely anonymous but that the process collects information ranging from which routers and network interface cards are in use to how often specific types of security threats occur. That information will help the company fine-tune the Wi-Fi Security product.

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