Product Reviews

Biodata SPHINX 1.0

Biodata’s SPHINX 1.0 personal firewall is obviously targeted toward the individual user, not the corporate network user. SPHINX lacks any kind of networking infrastructure capabilities such as NAT, DHCP, and VPN support, and instead mostly focuses on server-based IP stack protection.

I found product installation smooth, with the resulting footprint relatively small (4.75M). When I went to use SPHINX, the first thing that struck me was the freakish user interface that reminded me of the Bangles’ music video, “Walk Like An Egyptian.” Then, just when I was getting used to SPHINX, it laid a riddle on me: This Application Has Stopped Responding. Needless to say, I knew the answer: End Now. The product failed on me several times after that, and I would suggest that anyone considering SPHINX thoroughly test it first.

Biodata SPHINX 1.0

Biodata’s SPHINX takes a wizard-like approach to configuration. Does anyone else see the word “parametrisation”?

Another gripe I have with SPHINX is that its configuration options, though powerful, are quite complex in operation. There’s no context-sensitive help to guide users to the proper settings and the interface uses headings such as “Parametrisation” and “Warning Politic” that can stymie even those with high verbal SAT scores. If Biodata targets SPHINX toward the expert market or simplifies it for the general user, the product shows some real promise. But at present, SPHINX needs to undergo a few more builds before I can give it a solid recommendation.

About the Author

Chip Andrews, MCSE+I, MCDBA is a software security architect at (Clarus Corp.). Chip maintains the (sqlsecurity.com) Web site and speaks at security conferences on SQL Server security issues.

Featured

  • Microsoft Ending Azure Container Service Support in 2020

    Microsoft gave notice earlier this month that it will be ending its Azure Container Service on Jan. 31, 2020.

  • Microsoft Releases Surface Diagnostic Toolkit for Business

    Microsoft released a new tool, Surface Diagnostic Toolkit for Business, earlier this month, providing a means for IT pros to find and troubleshoot problems on Microsoft Surface devices.

  • How To Enable Guest Access for Office 365

    While it's possible to give outside users access to certain content in your organization's Office 365 environment, the process of setting them up requires a few extra steps.

  • Microsoft Now Supports OpenSSH in Windows Server 2019

    Microsoft announced on Tuesday that the OpenSSH solution used for remote management is now a supported "Features on Demand" addition in both Windows 10 version 1809 and Windows Server 2019.

comments powered by Disqus
Most   Popular

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.