Symantec releases version 10.0 of pcAnywhere

Symantec releases version 10.0 of pcAnywhere

Security specialist Symantec has released the latest version of its pcAnywhere remote access software, a product designed to help IT administrators manage users' PCs across a network.

Version 10 of pcAnywhere aims to build on the company's past efforts to give administrators access to servers and PCs across a corporate network or the Internet. The software allows an administrator to log on to a computer remotely, identify certain types of problem and fix them. The software includes security features and tools for speeding data transfer.

Companies with offices in multiple locations, workers who telecommute or a congested IT helpdesk can benefit from the remote management approach, Symantec said.

Past versions of pcAnywhere came with encryption functions, Windows NT authentication and remote callback. The new software adds functions for mandatory password protection, an encryption wizard and eight new authentication types. Symantec also added a Remote Access Perimeter Scanner for surveying corporate networks to make sure remote hosts have properly configured security protocols.

David Scott, product manager for pcAnywhere at Symantec, highlighted some new features directed toward European customers. "One thing we didn't do very well in 9.0 was our channel building," he said.

Symantec retooled its ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) support to provide European users with access to two data channels, boosting connection performance, according to Scott.

Australian pricing was not available at press time.

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