Wireless Security Corporation offers version 4: The latest version of their security software now supports Windows 98 and Me in addition to XP and 2000. Better, you can use the software to make WPA Personal (Pre-Shared Key or PSK) connections from all of those platforms without paying WSC a cent. That's right: they've just opened up WPA Personal to the have-nots that Microsoft chose not to support. (It seems there's competition in offering free security software: LucidLink released a free client a few days ago that offers profile and security management for Windows XP and 2000.)
WSC Guard 4.0's larger purpose, however, is to provide an integrated client that works with a remote 802.1X server for Windows 98 and SE, which the company estimates is about 13 percent of all computers worldwide. That's a nice market to tap.
The latest release offers profile management to control which networks are preferred a bit better than Windows XP's support, and to extend profile management to all the platforms now covered. The system now makes it easier for network administrators to allow guests without the WSC Guard client installed and to add new users to an existing WSC Guard subscription more quickly. The software now features automatic updating, too, removing another administrative burden.
WSC Guard pricing derives from simultaneous active users. One to four users cost $4.95 per month per user or $49.99 per year; five and more users are $3.99 per month per user or $44.99 per year.