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Linksys Announces First USB VPN And Firewall Adapter To Enhance Security For Travelers And Remote Users

Linksys, a division of Cisco Systems Inc., the leading provider of broadband, wireless and networking hardware for the consumer and Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) markets, today announced its USB VPN & Firewall Adapter (USBVPN1). The USBVPN1 is a portable USB to Ethernet Virtual Private Network (VPN) adapter that uses the IPSec protocol which is designed to create a secure path for sending private data to and from corporate networks over a broadband connection.

“The need for security while traveling or working remotely is crucial to both the user and the protection of a company,” said Mike Wagner, Director of Marketing. “Linksys is concerned with the well being of our users and the information that gets transmitted from one PC to another, so we have developed the all-in-one USBVPN1. This easy to install product is specially designed to enhance the security of both PCs and data.”

This flexible multi-function device offers businesses, remote workers and business travelers a high level of security for their connections to corporate or home LANs while on the road. The USBVPN1 adapter is an easy-to-use tool for those remote users requiring security at all times. To obtain secure access, all that is needed is an available USB port and a broadband connection. The USBVPN1 adapter provides a Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) Firewall that will protect the user against malicious attacks from hackers. The USBVPN1 adapter supports Dynamic IP, Static IP, PPPoE, and PPTP connection methods and can be used on any Ethernet Internet connection – Cable, DSL, LAN, or a hotel’s “Fast Internet” line.

The adapter connects to almost any PC through a USB port and requires no external power supply. Once connected, it’s simple to establish a VPN tunnel from the PC to a network over the Internet using IP Security (IPSec), which is the most popular standard used in VPN implementations. The transmitted data will then be protected by DES (Data Encryption Standard) or super-strength Triple-DES encryption.

Applications Supported By USBVPN1 Adapter:

Highly secure remote connections to the corporate network for telecommuters
Highly secure connection to corporate intranets for the roaming/mobile user
Highly secure corporate extranets for communications with your business partners

Pricing and Availability

The USB VPN & Firewall Adapter (USBVPN1) is immediately available through retail, E-commerce, catalog, direct response and distribution channels in North America at an estimated street price of $79.

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