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SecureCRT® 2.3 SSH Client Adds X11 Forwarding, Variable Compression

Albuquerque, N.M. (December 9, 1998) — Van Dyke Technologies, Inc., a provider of quality Internet software, announced today the official release of SecureCRT 2.3 for Windows NT and Windows 95/98. SecureCRT’s SSH capabilities have been extended with X11 forwarding, and the software adds other features improving performance, flexibility and ease of use. Fully functional evaluation software may be downloaded from

SecureCRT 2.3 adds X11 forwarding, an important capability employed to encrypt X-Windows sessions. SecureCRT "forwards" X-Windows by having the X-Windows server on the PC redirect traffic through SecureCRT, which connects to the remote X-Windows client. As in earlier versions, SSH port forwarding supports encrypting standard TCP data from SMTP, POP and other protocols between the client PC and the SSH server.

"SecureCRT is unique because it combines SSH support with a sophisticated terminal emulator," said Jeff Van Dyke, president. "SecureCRT can be customized extensively, and one application can do both telnet and SSH. Those are the main reasons we’ve been winning corporate software evaluations recently."

Several other new features enhance SecureCRT. SecureCRT 2.3 offers faster SSH connections with variable compression. Nine compression levels provide optimized performance on slow connections. A convenient option allows remembering passphrases during a series of SSH sessions. Firewall support has also been expanded to include the TIS plug-gw proxy.

In addition to SSH, SecureCRT supports telnet, rlogin, and serial protocols. Core emulations are provided for VT100, VT102, VT220, and ANSI terminals. Modem dialing can be managed in session configuration. Other configuration options include named sessions, custom keymaps and scripts.

Public key encryption technology for SecureCRT is licensed from RSA Data Security, Inc., of San Mateo, California, a subsidiary of Security Dynamics (

SecureCRT 2.3 is priced at $99 USD for a single license, $700 USD for 10 licenses, and $5000 USD for 100 licenses. Van Dyke Technologies has sold over 250,000 licenses of its flagship product CRT in over 70 countries since 1995. Further information on Van Dyke Technologies is available on the Internet at, by sending email to, or by calling 505-332-5700.

Customer Testimonials

  • "Thanks for the new feature and for the notification that it had been added — I don't really know of any other developer that notifies people who have given feedback like you guys do. That makes for very happy customers."

    —Burt Heymanson, SecureCRT Customer

  • "I would like to thank you for the amazing quality of service and SecureCRT support you give to us."

    —Anton Starovoytov, Solarix Networks, SecureCRT Customer

  • "Thank you for a great release! I've been actively using SecureCRT for many, many years and it's simply the best SSH client in existence!"

    —Rich Tricoche, SecureCRT Customer

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