Veritoken

November 1st, 2009 Desktop, Gadgets & Hardware, Tech

Price: from $2K. POA/per user

The country NSW-based makers of Veritoken realised something few IT vendors do in putting together their VPN (virtual private network) solution. Anything you can think of that will make your life easier almost certainly exists out there somewhere. You just won’t be able to make head nor tail of it unless you have a degree in software engineering.

None of the technologies behind the Veritoken VPN product are proprietary. Instead, network engineering consultancy Veritech has brought open source software protocols together, bundling them in an easy-to-deploy system that makes logging in to your remote network easy to set up and do in a handful of clicks.

The Veritoken is a USB drive that contains all the software to fire up your VPN connection. When you plug the key in the system prompts you to start the software, the interface top make your connection simple to follow. It doesn’t just set up your office computer or network as a remote disk (although it can), it logs you in as if you were on your office PC, giving you full access and control as if you were there. Browse the web and you’re doing it on your employer’s dime. Search your company intranet or handle sensitive files as if you were at work. The only data being sent to the PC you’re working on is the browser image of what you’re doing.

The Veritoken is simply the means to make the connection, you then need remote client software to actually log in and start working. In that sense it feels a little like the system only gets you halfway and in a future version we’d like to see a remote client bundled. Non network-savvy users are likely to make the connection and then wonder what to do next, so an even better proposition by Veritech would be to include their own remote client interface or deploy an existing one as part of the package so you can connect and start working using only a single system.

Once connected, the Veritoken can be removed without losing your connection so you don’t have to leave your USB key plugged in to leave behind when you’re finished. And there’s a chance you might, because the other great thing about the whole thing launching from the USB key is that you can take it to any computer. Everything runs from the USB key and nothing is installed on the system you want to connect from.

The starting price covers Veritech engineers visiting your office or home base and setting up your server for preparation for the Veritoken to call in, so more suited to workplace customers than casual or home users and there’s no upper limit on how many can be distributed amongst your staff. Though the system was only built for the Windows platform when we tested it, the open source nature of the software involved means Veritech plan to port it to Mac and Linux in the near future.

veritech.com.au


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