Yoggie Security Systems Gatekeeper Pico
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 03-02-2008
Provided by: Yoggie Security Systems

The Yoggie Gatekeeper Pico comes securely packaged with a quick setup guide, driver/software installation CD, two of the caps (presumably in case you lose or break one?) and some important notices. These include special instructions for first-time setup and product installation keys. One thing I would like to point out that is not made very clear in either the quick start or user guides, the USB plug-in Pico products only have drivers for 32-bit versions of Windows XP and Vista. If you need support for other operating systems you have to go with a pass-through device like the Gatekeeper Pro or SOHO. To install the Pico you basically just plug it into your PC in any available USB port, cancel out of the Add New Device wizard and insert the Yoggie CD. The autorun will launch the main menu for the software and clicking on the install link starts the process. You can follow the quick-start guide through the installation but honestly it is pretty self-explanatory and you can get away with just choosing the defaults.

Once the installation completes, Yoggie says your PC is fully protected and the quick start guide ends. Presumably you could simply stop at this point and never have to touch the Pico again, however at some point most users will probably want to check out the Yoggie Management Console, if for no other reason then to verify that the device is updating and operating as it should. The device GUI is accessed via a browser window and will prompt you to provide a username and password to log on. The interface is html-based and at first appears to be fairly simple and easy to use. As you jump through the different screens however you will notice many sub-sections and advanced areas that offer a more detailed level of customization.

The Status and Reports tabs offer a high-level management view of how the Pico is performing with easy to read graphs and charts. The counters for these are kept indefinitely although there is the option to manually clear them. The Settings tab is where the bulk of the setup takes place. Although there is a simple slider for basic users to select whether they want a High, Medium or Low level of protection, the advanced button offers the ability to change the functionality of individual components. The Support tab gives a detailed status of the Pico and also offers access to log and help files as well as diagnostic utilities like ping and trace.

Next I will detail some of the advanced features.

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