McAfee works WiFi security

Security software vendor McAfee has unveiled a free online tool for scanning wireless networks. The product, named ‘WiFiScan’, will form part of a standalone software release due later this year.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  February 28, 2005

Security software vendor McAfee has unveiled a free online tool for scanning wireless networks. The product, named ‘WiFiScan’, will form part of a standalone software release due later this year. The new tool can be found in the ‘home and small office’ section of mcafee.com. It downloads an ActiveX control that scans a user’s wireless network and subsequently warns about any potential security breaches, as well as advising on how to fix them. "It finds all the usual suspects and provides potential corrections," explained Drew Carter, McAfee's product manager for strategic opportunities. "But it's just the phase one of a two-phase project." McAfee will use the results of its online WiFi scanning service to gather data on wireless security issues and subsequently use this information to hone its forthcoming product, which is due in Q3.

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