has announced the release of version 7 of their Internet security products for the Macintosh, Internet Gateway and SurfDoubler.
Internet Gateway and SurfDoubler both provide shared, secure Internet functionality for networked Macintoshes. Internet Gateway is designed for modularity and expandability for a range of applications, while SurfDoubler focuses more on providing shared access to two or three Macintoshes through a single Internet connection.
The new versions add extra security and monitoring capabilities to the software’s existing sharing and management features, according to Vicomsoft.
Vicomsoft general manager Alan Hart says that the new changes provide administrators with flexible control over network Internet connections. “Now with Version 7 any access and filtering controls can be allocated for an individual or a group within a network; business or home,” said Hart.
Businesses who depend on Internet Gateway to control their shared Internet access can now deploy access filtering and control functions that provide unrestricted access to some employees or groups, while others have more tightly defined restrictions, such as only during certain times of day, by daily quota, or by access to certain sites.
Home networks using SurfDoubler can now be configured to provide specific members of the family with access to material that’s appropriate for their age and privileges, according to Vicomsoft — parents can have unlimited access, for example, while they can configure their children’s access to limited amounts of time per day or only to certain Web sites.
Vicomsoft also says the new software versions gain enhanced logging capabilities and extended security functionality with support for Virtual Private Networks (VPN) connected via PPTP.
To enhance Internet security, Vicomsoft is also offering a free three month subscription to the CyberNOT content filtering service. This offer is in conjunction with the purchase of version 7 of SurfDoubler or Internet Gateway.
Internet Gateway is available in various user increments and configurations; SurfDoubler is limited to three users at a time, and is wholly inclusive. More details are available from
Vicomsoft’s Web site.
(Vicomsoft’s Web site recently underwent a major overhaul, by the way — if you’ve been there before but have been put-off by hard-to-find info, check it out now.)