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A Monthly Newsletter - June 2002

Welcome to the VanDyke Software Company News. This monthly newsletter is the best way to keep up to date with VanDyke new and official releases, publications, and other company news.


1. New Releases
2. Official VanDyke Releases
3. Bookshelf - recommendations for readers
4. Important Product News
5. VanDyke Publications
6. Subscription Information

1. New Releases

VShell 2.1 (beta) - Simple configuration combined with strong SSH security

VShell 2.1, the latest version of our SSH2(TM) server for Windows NT(R) and 2000, adds new automation features. Triggers allow administrators to automate routine file operations. Administrators can initiate file operations like anti-virus scans or moving files from an upload folder to a destination folder. The failed authentication trigger initiates a command after a user exceeds the permitted number of logon attempts and can be used to send an e-mail or pager notification to the administrator.

VShell 2.1 also adds support for Public Key Assistant which makes it safe and easy for end-users to transfer their public keys to the server with a click of the mouse. A limited number of password-only authentications can be offered to new users to securely connect to VShell and use the Public Key
Assistant to transfer their public keys. Once the keys have been transferred, public-key authentication is automatically enforced.

To learn more about VShell 2.1, visit our web site:

Entunnel 1.0 (beta) - Securing e-mail and other apps just got simpler

Entunnel is the newest member of the VanDyke Software secure suite of products. Entunnel enables individuals and organizations to secure e-mail, schedules, and other non-secure data combining simple, intuitive set up and use with the strong security of SSH2.

Entunnel is accessed directly from the Windows system tray and can be set up to automatically connect at startup and reconnect if a network failure should occur. Entunnel also supports public-key assistant (see VShell 2.1, above) to make it easy for the Entunnel user to upload their public key to a server.

To learn more about Entunnel 1.0, visit our web site:

2. Official VanDyke Releases

A complete list of VanDyke Software official and beta releases can be found on our web site:

Listed below are direct download links to the latest official versions of VanDyke Software products:

VShell 2.0.3
SecureCRT 3.4.4
SecureFX 2.01
CRT 3.4.4
AbsoluteFTP 2.0.1

All VanDyke Software products may be downloaded and evaluated at no cost for 30 days. All VanDyke Software licenses include one year of free upgrades and unlimited access to the best technical support in the business.


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3. Bookshelf - recommendations for readers

We read a lot here at VanDyke Software. Each month, we highlight titles that we think are especially noteworthy. They may be about security and encryption, like this month's recommendations, or may be more general business titles. If you'd like to recommend a great book you've recently read, please submit your recommendation by e-mail to . If we select your recommendation, we'll send you a gorgeous VanDyke Software T-shirt (so be sure to specify your size -- L or XL).

This month's picks:

Secrets & Lies - Digital Security in a Networked World
by Bruce Schneier (ISBN 0-471-25311-1) published by Wiley

Bruce Schneier discusses digital threats and attacks, security products, security policies, and risk assessment and makes interesting -- often provocative -- predictions about what technologies will have the greatest impact on network security in this book. Schneier has the credentials to back up his words.

He is the author of Applied Cryptography, considered by many to be *the* book to learn the mechanics of modern cryptography, and is the creator of the Blowfish and Twofish encryptions (used in all VanDyke secure products). He is also the founder and CTO of Counterpane Internet Security, the first Managed Security Monitoring services firm.

Counterpane offers a free monthly newsletter, >Crypto-Gram, that has something interesting to say in every issue.

Crypto: How the Code Rebels Beat the Government
by Steven Levy (ISBN 0-670-85950-8) published by Viking

Steven Levy is one of the most widely read authors writing about technology today. His earlier book, Hackers, made that term a household word. In Crypto, he introduces the reader to the colorful characters who took on the U.S. Government and worked to make public cryptography a reality.

Levy chronicles the breakthrough of public/private key cryptography by Whit Diffie, the internationalization of public cryptography by PGP creator Phil Zimmerman and the birth and early years of RSA Security, Inc. and its founders. Like Hackers, Crypto is an easily read book, heavy on characters with "just enough" math and science to help the reader understand the importance of the events chronicled.

Levy is the chief technology writer for Newsweek magazine and a frequent contributor to Wired magazine.

Customer Quote of the month:

When I switched from dial-up to cable, I needed a secure shell to be able
to send e-mail thru the cable to my otherwise-dial-up ISP. SecureCRT is a
great solution for port forwarding my e-mail.

-- Ward Christensen, inventor of the "XModem" protocol

4. Important Product News

SecureCRT/SecureFX Bundle Price Change

Effective immediately, the price of the SecureCRT/SecureFX product bundle is now $115.00 per license in quantities of one to nine. This price is effective through August 31, 2002.

Special Introductory Price for Entunnel

Our newest product, Entunnel, is available for an introductory price of $39.95. This introductory price is available through August 31, 2002. The regular price for an Entunnel license after that date will be $59.95. Quantity discounts are available.

5. VanDyke Publications

If you haven't visited the VanDyke Software web site recently, you may not be aware that we have a growing list of white papers available for download. Currently, the following titles are available online in HTML and PDF formats:

Secure Shell Overview

Secure File Transfer

Data Tunneling with the Secure Shell

6. Subscription Information

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VanDyke Software, AbsoluteFTP, CRT, Entunnel, SecureCRT, SecureFX, and VShell are trademarks of VanDyke Software, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.

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