What is Happening to GFI Endpoint Security?
GFI Endpoint Security was developed to prevent computer users from leaking data and uploading malware. This software was used in schools, businesses, and organizations to prevent data breaches and protect computers from user-induced damage.
Though the product was well received by its users, GFI Endpoint Security has recently announced that it has reached End-of-Engineering (EoE).
What Does End-of-Engineering Mean for Existing GFI Endpoint Security Users?
On their website, GFI Endpoint Security developers released an end-of-engineering announcement that states:
“End of Engineering: No new releases, minor releases, defect logging or defect fixes for affected products. Customers can continue to use EoE products unencumbered and add/subtract user licenses as necessary. Customer Support will continue to respond to issues and use reasonable efforts to assist customers, but no new, tested corrections will be generated. Latest versions of software and fixes remain available for download.”
From this announcement, it is clear that GFI Endpoint Security users will be gravely affected by the end-of-engineering status.
“No new releases, minor releases”
This statement alone is enough to express the seriousness of GFI Endpoint Security’s end-of-engineering status. For one, without any new releases, the software will not be compatible with the latest operating systems such as Windows 10 Version 1903.
Not only will the software be incompatible with new operating system releases, but the GFI Endpoint Security development team will no longer be providing releases to address their customers’ needs or to challenge the evolving technologies that affect its performance. This means GFI users will not see any additional features added to the software, and the software will become obsolete.
“No new […] defect logging or defect fixes for affected products”
Defect logging is the process of finding defects in the product by running tests and listening to customer feedback in order to make new versions that fix the defects. Since the GFI Endpoint Security development team will no longer work to fix defects, its users will have no solutions to any bugs they encounter.
“Customer Support will continue to respond to issues and use reasonable efforts to assist customers”
GFI Endpoint Security’s support team has been greatly scaled back, meaning that users will not have reliable and timely customer support. Without this level of customer support, users may remain without a solution to their problem for an unforeseeable amount of time.
Will GFI Endpoint Security Support
Windows 10 1803 and Onwards?
Due to its end-of-engineering status, GFI Endpoint Security will not be compatible with Windows 10 1803 or any following Windows versions.
Alternatives to GFI Endpoint Security –
AccessPatrol Data Loss Prevention
CurrentWare AccessPatrol is a great alternative to GFI Endpoint Security software.
Since its release in 2011, AccessPatrol has been adopted by thousands of schools and businesses to prevent data breaches and protect valuable computers.
How Easy is it to Switch from GFI Endpoint Security to CurrentWare AccessPatrol?
AccessPatrol is the easiest software to switch to from GFI Endpoint Security because both products use similar technologies. The products are similar because they:
- Use a local server to connect clients computers.
- Do not come with antivirus.
- Are compatible with Windows operating systems.
- Are easily configurable with networks.
- Have easy device permission set up.
What Does AccessPatrol Have to
Replace GFI Endpoint Security?
AccessPatrol has practically all of the same features and functions as GFI Endpoint Security.
The features and functions of AccessPatrol that replace GFI Endpoint Security include:
Device Blocking: Prevent users from breaching data policies and/or uploading malware by blocking user access to the following endpoint devices:
- USB drives
- External hard drives
- Imaging devices (cameras, webcams)
- SD card & MM card
- Communication Ports: Serial, parallel
- Wireless Devices: Bluetooth, infrared, wifi
- Floppy disk, tape
- Other: sound card, USB ethernet adapter
Allowed Lists: Create an allowed list for users to access exempted endpoint devices such as company hard drives.
Device Reports: Generate and email reports to reveal file transferring and device access history. Easily audit the file transfer activities on your network.
Offsite Management:When a computer leaves the network, the endpoint control settings will still apply.
Customer Support: CurrentWare provides extensive worldwide support for their customers.
New Updates and Versions: CurrentWare releases an update at least once every quarter.
How to Get Started with AccessPatrol
CurrentWare’s AccessPatrol is very easy to install. You can get started with AccessPatrol in just 4 simple steps:
- Download the free 14-day trial of AccessPatrol.
- Install the cwServer and cwConsole onto an administrator computer.
- Install the cwClients onto the computers that you wish to control endpoint devices.
- Configure settings to allow or block endpoint devices. Generate and email reports.
Our support team is happy to help you during your AccessPatrol trial. Feel free to contact us for further technical assistance.
How Much Does AccessPatrol Cost?
The cost of AccessPatrol is dependent on the number of licenses you need. AccessPatrol provides licenses for as few computers as 10, and can provide licenses for networks with hundreds or thousands of computers at a discounted cost. See how much AccessPatrol will cost for your company on the pricing page.