Connectivity Briefs: Check Point, domain names,Telstra

Connectivity Briefs: Check Point, domain names,Telstra

Check Point extends VPN security to PDAsCheck Point is extending its virtual private network (VPN) security tools to PDAs, with the launch of a version of its VPN-1 SecureClient for Microsoft Pocket PC 2002 and Handheld PC 2002 PDAs. The package combines a personal firewall, secure remote access and centralised management functions. The announcement comes on the heels of Novell's new version of its Zenworks management software for handheld devices and an upgrade to its iFolder synchronisation tool which allows handheld devices to access files over the Web. Unlike Novell, Check Point has no plans at this stage to offer a version for the Palm platform, and has not released pricing or availability.

Not masters of domain

Organisations have been caught out by the complexity of managing domain names and should invest in resources to handle registrations and renewals, according to market analyst Meta Group. Untracked domain name expirations, renewal failures, the acquisition of expired names by dubious companies, and the fraudulent sale of names that do not exist are all on the rise. Companies that rely on Web exposure should take steps to make sure these practices do not impact on their business, Meta has advised. "IT organisations with significant investments in Web presence and domain branding should deploy resources - internal or outsourced - to manage domain name registrations, expirations and renewals."

Telstra ups broadband

Telstra Wholesale has taken the wraps off its new broadband offering, ADSL product that it claims will allow ISPs to develop their own pricing plans. DSL Layer 2 will allow ISPs to deliver applications to end users as well as manage interaction between end users and the application provider or another end user, according to Telstra. The ISP will be able to control the data traffic as well as choose the means of transmission. The product has just undergone an eight-week trial under the code-name L2TP.

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