Open Door Networks has released two products specifically designed with OS 9s internet features in mind. ShareWay IP 3.0, and DoorStop Personal Edition both enhance the already impressive internet features in Apple's latest OS release. According to Open Door:
Open Door Networks Inc., the developer of Mac OS 9's Internet file sharing feature, today announced major additions to its line of Macintosh Internet products, enhancing the security of Mac OS 9's Internet features, and of Internet-connected Macs in general. ShareWay IP 3.0, a major upgrade to Internet file sharing, is shipping immediately, and DoorStop Personal Edition, an end-user version of Open Door's powerful server firewall software, is available in a public beta release.
Open Door's product announcements were made in concert with Mac OS 9's retail availability, enabling Mac OS 9 users to enhance their system's security from day one. "DoorStop Personal Edition, in combination with ShareWay IP and Mac OS 9, represent a superb mix of Internet power, Macintosh ease of use and absolutely essential security," said Gavin Eadie, Director of Strategic Technologies at the University of Michigan. "We're really excited about what Open Door and Apple have been doing in these critical areas." Michigan's network includes over 6000 Macs.
ShareWay IP 3.0, available immediately off Open Door's Web site at http://www.opendoor.com/shareway/, is a major upgrade to the technology chosen by Apple to implement Mac OS 9's Internet file sharing. ShareWay IP 3.0 requires Mac OS 7.5.5 or later, and works with 68K as well as PowerPC Macs. New features include:
- Real-time connection logging (new for Mac OS 9 users)
- Ability to allow or deny IP access for guests, and for specific user names
- Display of IP-connected users' names and IP addresses
- Ability to change the TCP/IP port number used
- Full Mac OS 9 support
- Online help.
DoorStop Personal Edition, available as a public beta release, is an easy-to-use version of Open Door's DoorStop firewall software. DoorStop was originally developed for use on servers such as AppleShare IP and Open Door's ShareWay IP Professional. DoorStop Personal Edition is a greatly simplified version of the server product, making protecting Mac OS TCP/IP services as simple as clicking on service icons. DoorStop Personal Edition requires a PowerPC Mac and Mac OS 8.1 or later. Its features include:
- Built-in support for Internet file sharing (through Mac OS 9's file sharing and ShareWay IP)
- Built-in support for Mac OS 9's Program Linking over TCP/IP
- An advanced mode for protecting any TCP/IP service
- Logging of allowed and/or denied TCP/IP connections.
ShareWay IP 3.0 is available in two formats. The Personal edition is US$39, while the Standard edition sells for US$249. Special pricing is available for upgrade and educational users. DoorStop Personal Edition is scheduled to ship in November, and advanced orders are being taken for US$59. You can find more information on ShareWay IP and DoorStop at the Open Door Networks web site.