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A Monthly Newsletter – December 2007

Who couldn't use some extra time at this very busy time of year? Well, to entice you to sample a few of the time-saving features in SecureCRT® 6.0 and SecureFX® 6.0, now in advanced beta release, this month's tips explore the drag-out tabs of SecureCRT 6.0 and true mirroring in SecureFX 6.0. To round out the issue, we have a reminder that forum discussion of new products is heating up, and some timely ideas for laptop security for tinsel-time travelers. Since it is the holiday season, here's a techie joke to lighten things up. Did you hear about the programmer they found passed out in his shower? He was holding a shampoo bottle with the instructions "Lather. Rinse. Repeat."


1. Tip: Moving Tabs In SecureCRT 6.0
2. Tip: True Mirroring With SecureFX 6.0
3. Visit The Forums For The Latest 6.0 Beta News
4. Traveling? Use InfoWeek's "10 Tips to Secure Your Laptop"
5. New and Current Releases

Online Resources

1. Tip: Moving Tabs In SecureCRT 6.0

Last month you read about the new tab operations in the SecureCRT 6.0 beta release, including the ability to send a tab out to a new window and to drag tabs between SecureCRT windows. We want to better acquaint you with the way they work, so that you are ready to capitalize on the time savings as soon as you start up the next beta release.

To read the complete tip online, visit the VanDyke Software web support section.

To download the most recent beta release of SecureCRT 6.0, visit the VanDyke Software beta pages.

2. Tip - True Mirroring With SecureFX 6.0

If you transfer files, odds are that you have regular tasks to accomplish, such as copying log files, uploading data or reports, or maintaining a website. While Quick Synchronize has been around since SecureFX 1.6, beginning with version 6.0 "true" mirroring is available, where files can be deleted as well as created and updated. Mirroring allows you to automate what would otherwise be a tremendous amount of hand work. And mirroring can be fully automated using the SFXCL command-line utility. This month's tip walks you step by step through the process of mirroring files, using website maintenance as its example.

Read the complete tip on mirroring with SecureFX 6.0.

To download the most recent beta release of SecureFX 6.0, point your browser to the VanDyke Software beta pages.

3. Visit The Forums For The Latest 6.0 Beta News

With the SecureCRT and SecureFX 6.0 major upgrades in beta testing, activity is up on the VanDyke Software forums. To get your intelligence in a more immediate, interactive form than the history file, visit the forums for the up-to-the minute Q&A, bug reports, and feature requests.

Join the VanDyke Software discussion forums today!

4. Traveling? Use InfoWeek's "10 Tips to Secure Your Laptop"

David Strom, a writer on networks and security, shares in a November 24 Information Week piece his thoughts on ways to make sure your laptop is secure. Many are not obvious, and are good stuff for business travelers or home users, with varying focus from wireless networks to USB drives and hard drive encryption.

As befits road-warrior technology, Secure Shell breaks onto the list at number 10: "Don't blithely accept SSL certificates and SSH public keys." If you're not sure how to evaluate public keys, perhaps it's time to review our host key white paper.

You can read the complete Information Week article online.

5. New And Current Releases

The software development team has been busy since the last issue: not only did the beta 2 releases of SecureCRT 6.0 and SecureFX 6.0 go out Nov. 26, but also beta 3 (Dec. 6). All have bug fixes as well as changes to the U3 smart drive installers and SecureFX quick synchronize with delete.

The 6.0 versions deliver increased productivity from user interface tools and a high level of integration between the two applications. SecureCRT adds the ability to move tabs in and out of a window, as well as a new button bar to automate repeated tasks. SecureFX offers mirroring with delete and an editable address bar. A combined installer for both clients is now available, as well as a special installer for U3 smart drives.

Here is a list of the latest official product releases:

  SecureCRT 5.5.3
  SecureFX 4.5.3
  CRT™ 5.5.3
  VShell® 3.0.3 Server for Windows
  VShell 3.0.3 Server for UNIX
     Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0
     Solaris 10 (SPARC)
     Solaris 8 (SPARC)
     FreeBSD 6.1 (Intel x86)
     HP-UX 11
     Mac OS X 10.2
     AIX 5.3

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