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iPhone, Security

WebSense

Another security related app available from the App Store.

WebSense[1] just the one iPhone App.
WebSense[2] is the cunningly named item.

Cost: free
Version: 1.2
Last update: 15/02/2011
Size: 2.8MB
Focus: “…the latest security buzz and support for WebSense® products…”
Features:

  • News
    • Alerts
    • Press Releases
    • Events
    • Feeds
  • Security Center
  • Media
  • Support
  • Contact

Review
As is often the case with corporate sponsored Apps, the focus is heavily weighted towards the that corporations (WebSense) product family, even in the feeds; a sentence I seem doomed to write in every review
The feeds do include the Security Labs Alerts which is one on my main sources of Web Security information: excellent.
The other feeds though are massively skewed towards products so that will only interest WebSense customers, or those looking into WebSense as a security provider.
The potentially useful Security Center is unavailable, unless you register with WebSense.
Doing so within the App, however, sent me to a page not found error.
The Media section gives you a sort of “What our Customers say” video segment for WebSense systems.
I find that the app requires a registered account far too often to access information, even elements like Support that could draw new users to them.
Conclusion
A pretty application but with significant flaws:

  • Requires registered account
  • basically an RSS feeder

Significant amount of WebSense information hidden behind login.
Recommend you simply instead follow the RSS feed for WebSense in Google Reader or the like
Rating
[POOR]
Screenshots

  1. News screen

  2. The ever present login screen

  3. Security Labs Alerts


References
[1]WebSense main website 28/02/2011
[2]iTunes WebSense App 28/02/2011

– Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

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"Thoughts of an idle mind." Information Security professional.

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