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VPN Tracker Version 2.1 enhances IPsec Usage and Security

equinux today announced the new version 2.1 of VPN Tracker, a VPN client for Mac OS X, to deliver innovative new features to the Mac OS X community with regards to the encryption standard IPsec.

Munich / Boston − August 05, 2003: New encryption algorithms for very-high-security environments, advanced deployment due to the implementation of importing and exporting connections, and the possibility to adjust specific needs through the usage of scripts, significantly extend the VPN Tracker usability.

With the addition of the AES algorithm (Advanced Encryption Standard) – which has been approved by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for use in U.S. government organizations – VPN Tracker now delivers enhanced security to protect sensitive information. Supported key lengths for IPsec phase 1 and 2 include 128, 192 and 256 bits.

In order to comply with corporate and governmental security policies, an additional option allows the pre-shared key to be entered upon connection establishment. The key will be stored in memory only and cannot be compromised when the computer is stolen.

Deployment of VPN connections for a large number of users is now greatly simplified by the possibility to export connection setups into a single file. The file includes all connection settings including the pre-shared key and certificates/CAs as necessary. All exported connections are encrypted with AES-256.

Further customization of IPsec connections can now be achieved by using scripts, which are executed by VPN Tracker on the events of connection setup and establishment and when stopping IPsec.

Furthermore, VPN Tracker 2.1 guarantees a safe investment: by now, its compatible with the upcoming Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther).