Delivering time-saving tools is the focus of the latest software releases from VanDyke Software, Inc., the developer of Secure Shell solutions that are intended to balance strong security with ease of use.
SecureCRT 5.5 and SecureFX 4.5 provide new ways to automatically connect to multiple servers on startup using a built-in auto session, and to move between the terminal emulation and file transfer applications. They also include a script recorder to SecureCRT. This allows the scripting of repetitive functions is intended to bring scripting within reach of less experienced users.
According to VanDyke, customers find it difficult to deal with key formats for public-key authentication. They were asking for more options and flexibility, so the company added support for OpenSSH format keys. Windows Vista is also supported with these new releases.
To further improve integration of SecureCRT and SecureFX, SSH2 session passwords can be cached like passphrases, so that you don’t have to re-enter passwords. This builds on the applications’ ability to share session settings, public-key storage, and other configuration elements. Toolbar buttons in both applications allow you to switch between terminal emulation and file transfer activities. The apps include encryption, trusted authentication, and data integrity, to let you exchange electronic data over public networks.
VanDyke says thata SecureCRT is the tool of choice for IT professionals who are responsible for network administration and end-user access where security is critical, combining a feature-filled terminal emulator with the security of the Secure Shell (SSH) protocol. SecureFX is a file transfer application that supports SFTP, FTP over SSL, as well as standard FTP. VanDyke Software also offers the VShell Secure Shell server, which replaces Telnet and FTP for secure network administration and end-user access on Windows and UNIX platforms.