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Smith Micro Launches CheckIt Firewall, Offering Personal Intrusion Defense

Aug 20, 2001
Bi-Directional Protection is Designed to Stop Unauthorized Intruders as Well as Unwanted Outflow of Passwords,Credit Card Numbers, Other Personal Data Via 'Guilty Until Proven Innocent' Approach

ALISO VIEJO, CA -- Smith Micro Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: SMSI), a developer and marketer of a wide range of utility software, service solutions and professional services, today announced the launch of CheckIt® Firewall, a user-friendly PC firewall solution with intrusion defense technology. CheckIt Firewall employs a unique 'Guilty Until Proven Innocent' approach which seeks to quickly and effectively prevent unauthorized Internet intrusion while also controlling outbound communication of personal or sensitive data, giving individuals powerful yet inexpensive protection for Web- or network-connected PCs.

"With the advent of cable modems and DSL connections, firewall security is a must for anyone using the Internet," said Doug Deck, Director of Channel Sales for Smith Micro. "CheckIt Firewall aims to provide the maximum amount of protection without unnecessarily interrupting normal computer or Web activity. What's more, CheckIt Firewall's reporting features make it easy to spot intrusion attempts in real-time or via a log file."

Designed to provide "always on" safety, CheckIt Firewall seeks to deliver unobtrusive, highly customizable and enforceable security protection by constantly operating in the background of any PC or server. It controls access to the user's communication ports and monitors any port-scanning activity from external sources, Web-based or otherwise.

Security rules are pre-set for simple default operation; however, users can easily customize CheckIt Firewall for specific applications, trusted IP addresses, ports, or protocols. Schedules can be pre-set as well, allowing different security rules at different times. CheckIt then monitors inbound and outbound activity in an effort to detect and block intrusion attempts that do not match known profiles in real time.

"CheckIt Firewall's 'Guilty Until Proven Innocent' approach means it doesn't bog down system performance by sorting through a list of known signatures with every transmission," Deck said. "It's fast, thorough, and highly configurable for power users, yet also extremely user-friendly for inexperienced Web-surfers. CheckIt Firewall gives peace-of-mind to anyone concerned about keeping their data and Web activity private."

Easy-to-Use Reporting Features

When an intrusion attempt is detected, CheckIt Firewall is designed to block the intruder, immediately notify the user, and adjust the network connection to prevent further attack. Notification takes place via the System Tray icon, pop-up window, or email report. The software also allows the user to trace the route of an intrusion and locate its source via the Who-Is feature.

CheckIt Firewall's logging and reporting features provide valuable and easy-to-use level of protection. They enable users to 'see' into their system and fine-tune their system security posture to match their own usage patterns.

For anyone who works, banks, games or chats over the Internet or private networks, CheckIt Firewall aims to provide protection against data compromises, Trojan Horse assaults, Denial of Service attacks, and many other kinds of security risks. Whether at home, on the road, behind a corporate firewall, via dial-up or always-on broadband connection, we believe CheckIt Firewall offers complete confidence that business, personal, financial and other data will stay safe and secure.

Immediately Available

CheckIt Firewall is available in distribution through Ingram Micro and Navarre. CheckIt Firewall is available for purchase through leading computer retailers and via the Smith Micro Web site, http://www.smithmicro.com.

For more information on Smith Micro or any of its products, contact the company at 949-362-5800, or by fax 949-362-2300 or visit the company's Web site at http://www.smithmicro.com.

About Smith Micro Software:

Smith Micro Software, Inc., headquartered in Aliso Viejo, CA, is a developer and marketer of wireless communication and utility software products. The company designs integrated, cross platform, easy-to-use software for personal computing and business solutions around the world. With a focus on the Internet, Wireless, and Broadband technologies, the company's products and services enable eCommerce, eBusiness, Internet communications (voice-over-IP), video conferencing, wireless communications, and network fax, along with traditional computer telephony. Smith Micro's complete line of products is available through direct sales, retail stores, value-added resellers (VARs) and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Smith Micro's common stock trades on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the symbol SMSI. For more information, contact Smith Micro at (949) 362-5800.

This release may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Among the important factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are economic, competitive, governmental and technological factors effecting the company's operations, markets, products, services and prices, as well as other factors detailed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its recent filings on Forms 10-K and 10-Q.

Smith Micro, the Smith Micro logo, and CheckIt are trademarks or registered trademarks of Smith Micro Software, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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