by Christopher Lindquist

Beware the AntiFirewall

Sep 15, 20021 min
IT Strategy

Just when you thought that network security couldn’t get any tougher, Moscow-based iNetPrivacy Software has released AntiFirewall. Taking advantage of a user’s ability to browse webpages (something most companies don’t completely restrict), the $35 utility connects to external, anonymous proxy servers. Once connected to one of these servers, AntiFirewall users can establish FTP connections, use chat or instant messaging without restriction, and receive messages from external e-mail accounts, even if corporate security policies and firewalls would normally prevent such activities.

The product also screens the user’s originating IP address, providing for anonymous communication from within corporate networks. (It does not, however, support the SMTP mail protocol, so users cannot send anonymous e-mail messages.)

INetPrivacy claims the utility is for users who value their privacy and freedom of communication (it could be useful, for example, in countries that restrict freedom of speech and deny access to outside news organizations and other information over the Web), but IT departments may want to be on the lookout for the tool.

For more information about the utility, visit