IT Weekly Roundup, March 26

From the business wires this week: remote access applications, a registry tool, and literature on SSL VPN and TCP/IP protocols.

Integrated with version 5.0 of the Java-based access infrastructure solution Konekt, from desktopsites Inc., Konekt Launcher is a session-based, server-driven computing toolbar that integrates into an end user’s desktop. It provides access to remote enterprise applications, data and hosted services but with a small footprint on desktop space and system resources.

RemotePC is giving its users 5GB of online storage for free at IBackup. Both RemotePC and the online storage use 128-bit SSL encryption.

Surf, chat and e-mail securely with Tunneler 2.1 from Metropipe. The graphical interface software creates an encrypted channel, or “tunnel,” between the end user’s computer and Metropipe’s worldwide proxy servers to provide a safe, anonymous access point to the Internet. Also available is Privacy Toolbar, a free plug-in for Mozilla Firefox, features privacy and security tools that enable users to disable cookies, Javascript, caching, images and referrers. Tunneler 2.1 supports Windows, OSX and Linux operating systems.

Another remote access tool comes from Anfibia Software. Desktop Orbiter 4.0 enables users to protect and administer multiple remote computers, and provides reporting and exporting tools, detailed usage logs and new security functionalities, including 256-bit AES encrypted communication. Desktop Orbiter is available for Windows 2000/2003/XP.

Anfibia Desktop Orbiter 4.0
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Control, monitor and report system usage with Desktop Orbiter 4.0 from Anfibia Software.

Digital Dynamics Software, Inc. released two practical applications designed to work with Cisco IP telephony systems. Wake-up/Reminder Call enables users to set up a wake-up or reminder call to be made to an IP telephone or any external line, such as a mobile phone. The Find-Me application routes incoming calls to alternate phone numbers if the Find-Me user isn’t available at the primary number.

Trakion announced the debut of its low-cost, worldwide computer tracking service and associated Trakion Tracking Software 1.0 for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems for locating lost or stolen computers. Monthly fee for the service is $3.

Elcomsoft Advanced Registry Tracker 2.0
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Elcomsoft's Advanced Registry Tracer 2.0 rolls back unwanted changes to your registry.

Protect your Windows registry from Trojan and virus attacks with Advanced Registry Tracer 2.0 from ElcomSoft Co. Ltd. The registry tool allows users to track and undo every change to the registry, including that of remote computers. New features include the ability to define scanning and comparison filters, and compare keys in command-line mode. Advanced Registry Tracer 2.0 supports Windows 95/98/Me/NT4/2000/XP and costs $40 for a single-user license.

Understanding SSL VPN
Understanding SSL VPN makes a great bedtime story for network admins.

Understanding SSL VPN, by networking security experts Joseph Steinberg and Tim Speed, is a primer on the remote access technology of SSL VPN and its pros and cons. Published by Packt; cover price: $49.99.

Those studying for their Cisco certifications, MCSE, Network+ or Security+ may want to check out the TCP/IP Quick Guide from Javvin Technologies. The handy reference map covers TCP/IP protocols and Layer 1 and 2 LAN, WAN and MAN protocols. TCP/IP Quick Guide costs $14.95 (plus shipping and handling) and an electronic version costs $11.95.

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