VPN Tracker 3 offers Extended Authentication (XAUTH) as a solution to large enterprises seeking to integrate VPN technology into their operations
Lexington, Ma. − August 18, 2004: equinux today announced the newest release of their flagship software,
VPN Tracker. VPN Tracker 3 features dramatic improvements in the user
experience and allows for added security in the form of Extended
"Version 3 is the next step for us
in offering a total VPN solution for the Mac platform. We have
extremely enhanced VPN Tracker, not only in overall usability but also
in technical capabilities with the integration of top requested
features like XAUTH," said Till Schadde, CEO at equinux. "We are
positive that all new and existing users will love it."
Tracker 3 differs from current VPN Tracker version 2.2 in a variety of
ways. The changes are aimed at improving the enduser experience and the
ability to utilize VPN Tracker in large VPN scenarios. Key changes
Extended Authentication (XAUTH): VPN Tracker now
supports XAUTH as an authentication mechanism. This allows multiple
users to share the same pre-shared key, while still allowing for
restricted access to the central network on an individual user basis.
This presents an ideal solution for larger VPN scenarios and makes VPN
Tracker even more compatible to different VPN gateways.
Improved Tunnel Stability: New version offers increased connection
stability to users with dynamic IP addresses and those utilizing their
computers' sleep mode function.
Redesigned User Interface:
Among various improvements is a new tab based connection window, user
friendly toolbar in the main window, and a detailed connection status
description including customizable connection icons.
Integrated How-to Guide: The user is now presented a list of all VPN
devices which are known to be compatible, ordered by vendor. You can
click on the device and you will have the option to pull up a How-to
Remote DNS: With this option you are able to use
nameservers in the remote network. This allows access to remote servers
by name instead of IP address. You also have the choice of using the
nameserver for all DNS queries or for specific subnets only.
Simplified Network Setup: The network masks can now be entered in
standard dotted-decimal format (e.g. 255.255.255.0). You are still able
to enter it in the CIDR-notation as well.
Tracker 3 is available in two different editions: The Professional
Edition and the Personal Edition. While both editions feature the
redesigned user interface and support XAUTH as an authentication
mechanism, they do differ in several aspects.
Professional Edition is the full featured product for network security.
It supports various encryption algorithms for very high security
environments. It boasts extra features like multiple connections,
connection export and certificate enrollment. This is the recommended
edition for network administrators setting up their company's VPN.
The Personal Edition is the more simplified version and is a perfect
solution for anyone needing to secure a single network connection, for
example between a home and an office network, or remote computer. This
single connection can be between two hosts or between a host and a
Availability & Upgrades
Tracker 3 Professional and Personal Edition are available starting
today and can be purchased through the equinux online store
(www.equinux.com/store) or through a member of equinux's worldwide
consultant network (www.equinux.com/us/buy/consultants/).
equinux customers who purchased VPN Tracker 2.x after Aug. 3rd will
automatically apply for a free upgrade. Others customers wishing to
upgrade their VPN Tracker 2.x versions will also be given special
upgrade pricing starting at $23.90 for a single license upgrade.
Multiple license upgrades are even further reduced.