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A Monthly Newsletter – April 2006

In this century, the flood of information never stops – it's more a question of whether you choose to open the floodgates at any particular moment. We thought it was time to make our case that it's worth opening the dike for a bucketful of new ideas: expanded product information on, a tip on scripting, chatter on securing VNC, and links to security white papers (no books for a change). On another subject entirely, we report on the sunset plan for the AbsoluteFTP® product. Tahiti, anyone?


1. – Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
2. The Script Doctor: Logging On To Multiple Servers
3. AbsoluteFTP Steps Aside For SecureFX® – Special Upgrade Offer
4. Heard On The Forums: Using SecureCRT® With VNC/Remote Desktop
5. Free Security White Papers From Insight Consulting
6. BBB Unveils "Security & Privacy Made Simpler" Program
7. New and Current Releases

Online Resources

1. – Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On

We have done a lot of work the past few months on the web site, centered on the recent software releases. Look at the product pages and you will see an essentially new layout, which connects you to everything related to an application. There is also a lot of fresh material: user profiles, customer stories and tips. Whether you're looking for product information, material for a business case, or new ways use the software, there are pages that can help you.

The following is a brief annotated guide to these pages. Bet you there is at least one good page you've haven't touched yet.

Product Pages: The product pages have been revised and reorganized, with, you got it, tabs linking to product features and related technical resources from FAQs and Support to forums and tips.

Software Tips: Sure, the same link is at the top of the newsletter – have you used it? Here you'll find tips on using SecureCRT and its brethren to best advantage, including many that first appeared in
the newsletter.

Customers: Browse the amazing breadth of people and organizations world-wide that employ our applications. Everything from case studies and success stories to customer comments and profiles, and a list of organizations in various categories that use VanDyke Software products.

What's New: The fast way to check on recent releases, forum postings, or other news.

2. The Script Doctor: Logging On To Multiple Servers

Forum member and scripting wizard "popnowlin" posted an extensive response to a question from member "Lorenzo" on dynamic editing of login scripts. When we followed up by e-mail, we learned that Jerry Nowlin works as a developer at a major telecom, where he uses scripting in CRT™ to manage access to dozens of machines.

As Jerry explains, "Corporate security requires passwords to change every month...I use a single VBScript login script for all these sessions and then I only change one script every time I have to change the (common) password. I even have the script customize itself, depending on which host is using it, once the login sequence is done." The script also applies to SecureCRT®.

For the complete script, follow this link to the web site.

To read the original discussion of login scripts, visit the VanDyke Software Forums.

3. AbsoluteFTP Steps Aside For SecureFX -- Special Upgrade Offer

In 1996 when AbsoluteFTP was first released, FTP was the best choice for transferring files. Now, as more companies move away from standard FTP to secure file transfer protocols such as SFTP, VanDyke Software has halted development of AbsoluteFTP to concentrate on enhancing SecureFX. SecureFX is a multi-protocol application with support for SFTP and FTP, and can fulfill all your file transfer needs.

To assist our current AbsoluteFTP customers in transitioning to SecureFX, single AbsoluteFTP licenses may be upgraded to SecureFX for $15.00, a discount of 50%, until May 11, 2006. This upgrade includes one full year of software updates to SecureFX and access to our skilled, responsive technical support team.

AbsoluteFTP installers will be available for download for existing customers, but new licenses will no longer be sold effective May 11, 2006. We plan to provide support for AbsoluteFTP through May 11, 2007.

For more information about this change and SecureFX, please see the AbsoluteFTP product update page on our web site.

Instructions on how to migrate your AbsoluteFTP sessions to SecureFX are available in the AbsoluteFTP product section.

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    to the price of  individual licenses on yournext purchase. Volume pricing on
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    If you are still using CRT and/or AbsoluteFTP and have been thinking that it's
    time to add the strong security of the Secure Shell to your software toolkit,
    download a 30-day evaluation copy of SecureCRT and SecureFX today. When
you are ready to purchase, order the bundle and save.

4. Heard On The Forums: SecureCRT & VShell With VNC/Remote Desktop

Forum member "rventura" posts, "I want to be able to be on a Windows machine on a remote location and use (Red Hat) Remote Desktop to connect to one of our internal servers. So I would use a ssh [Secure Shell] client that supports tunneling and connect to DOMAIN.COM. Once logged in I can just launch remote desktop and connect to the internal server."

The remote desktop tool mentioned is VNC, Virtual Network Computer, an open-source virtual desktop developed at AT&T Labs in the UK, which is included in standard system distributions or third-party packages under many names. The discussion covers how to configure port forwarding on the VShell server and SecureCRT client sides. VNC has no built-in security, so for remote access needs to be protected by Secure Shell.

Read the forum thread on SecureCRT and Remote Desktop.

Read the VNC FAQ on

5. Free Security White Papers from Insight Consulting

In the April 2006 Network World newsletter "Security Strategies", we learned of a trove of information and ideas on computer security. Among the case studies, podcasts, and other materials are eight white papers authored by members of the Insight Consulting group, a subsidiary of Siemens. Subjects include telecom fraud, phishing, identity theft, XML security, identity and access management, penetration testing, and intrusion detection. Review them to get a start on formulating your own policy and planning documents.

Download the white papers from the Insight Consulting site.

6. BBB Unveils "Security & Privacy Made Simpler" Program

Grant Gross of ComputerWorld reported in March 2006 on a new Council of Better Business Bureaus program, called "Security & Privacy Made Simpler", aimed at helping small businesses guard customer and employee data. A document available for download offers guidance on creating policies and managing employee access to sensitive data, which small organizations rarely have the time, money, or expertise to develop in-house. The program, developed with security experts Alan Westin and Lance Hoffman, also provides checklists for implementing everyday security practices from new employee training to privacy policy. Future additions will address protecting employee data and web-based security.

For a copy of "Security & Privacy Made Simpler," visit the program home page.

Read the Computerworld article here.

7. New And Current Releases

Official releases of SecureCRT 5.1, SecureFX 3.1, and CRT 5.1 were made March 28, with new tab launching capability and FIPS 140-2 compliant cryptographic library. The official release of the VShell® server version 2.6 was made March 30 with a FIPS-compliant cryptographic library option and other changes to improve authentication and configuration. Please see above for more information.

Here is a list of the latest official product releases:

  SecureCRT 5.1
  SecureFX 3.1
  CRT 5.1
  AbsoluteFTP® 2.2.10
  VShell 2.6 Server for Windows
  VShell 2.6 Server for UNIX
    Red Hat Linux 7.x
    Red Hat Linux 8.x
    Red Hat Linux 9.x
    Red Hat Enterprise v2.1/v3
    Solaris 8
    FreeBSD 4.8/5.3/5.4
    HP-UX 11
    Mac OS X 10.2
    AIX 4.3/5.2/5.3

All VanDyke Software products may be downloaded and evaluated free for 30 days. Licenses include one year of free upgrades and technical support.

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