AlmostVPN is an SSH tunnel management application "with a twist," as the authors like to say. AlmostVPN provides simple to use alternative to "real" VPN. It allows you to gain access to computers and services on your private network via single, secure SSH connection. Differentiating features include:
Version 1.5.3 adds/changes the following from version 1.5.2:
AlmostVPN requires Mac OS X 10.4.x or better.
Gracion Software (formerly One Click Systems) produces the DigiTunnel PPTP VPN (Virtual Private Network) client for Mac OS X, compatible with Windows 2000, WatchGuard, Nortel, OS X Server 1.2 and other VPN servers.
Version 1.4.4 - the latest version for Mac OS X 10.2 and later - adds/changes the following:
Version 1.5.1 - the latest version for Mac OS X 10.3.9 and later - adds/changes the following:
Written specifically for Mac OS X, and working in conjunction with the Dynamic DNS system at www.dyndns.org, DNSUpdate allows your computer to have a consistent domain name every time you connect to your ISP.
Version 3.0 introduced the following major enhancements:
Vicomsoft produces InterGate (formerly Internet Gateway, and superseding Vicomsoft's SurfDoubler product), which allows multiple computers connected via a simple network connection to share a single Internet connection.
Pricing starts at $99 for a 5-user license, and tops out at $2,599 for a 2,000 user license.
Version 9.2.5 adds/changes the following:
Mac OS X includes everything you need to secure your communications using IPSec. Unfortunately, it's not as easy to use as it should be. IPSecuritas is a handy piece of freeware that lets you easily setup IPSec VPN connections to another host or network over the Internet, securing your data with encryption and authentication. IPSecuritas adds a graphical front-end to the built-in IPSec core, allowing you to setup secure communications within minutes. IPSecuritas interoperates with a large and daily growing number of VPN devices, including devices from popular manufacturers such as Cisco, Zyxel, Netgear and more.
Version 3.4 - the latest version for Mac OS X 10.3 or later - contains the following new functions:
IPSecuritas 2.2 remains available for Mac OS X 10.2 or higher.
No-IP includes two components:
Unlike DynDNS Updater, No-IP is not a Universal Binary, but it is available for "Classic" Mac OS.
While no information is available regarding what's new in version 3.1.5, version 3.1.3b3 made the following enhancements:
PiePants is a PPTP client for Mac OS X. It supports encrypted communications for secure connections to your PPTP VPN. PiePants only supports a single PPTP connection at a time. Version 1.0.0b3 addresses the following:
The author notes: "I haven't yet decided exactly how I'm going to license PiePants, but most likely it will be as pay-if-you-like shareware for a small fee (say, $25). On the other hand, it appears from the Darwin CVS tree that there may be a PPTP client in the OS before too long, which would probably make PiePants obsolete. So who knows -- maybe I'll make it free, or open source it. I'd appreciate feedback from folks on whether or not they'd pay for it. For now, there are no limitations in the beta -- please use it and give me feedback, but please understand that this is sort of a side project for me and I may have some trouble providing quick support if you run into a problem."
PortReflector allows Mac OS X Classic applications to access the Internet using Mac OS X's native PPP connection. PortReflector is designed to accept TCP connections on a configured port and reflect them to another host or port number. This type of functionality allows Classic applications to communicate with the internet via Mac OS X's PPP connection. PortReflector is $10, shareware. Version 1.2.1 adds/changes the following:
PPP Genie is Mac OS X utility for controlling and monitoring your PPP connection. It allows you to easily open and close your connection, and keep track of the time and money you are spending online, either in a floating window or in your menu bar. It supports PPPoE and multiple configurations. Version 1.1.1 adds/changes the following:
PPP Genie 1.1.1 has been tested and should be fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.3, "Panther."
Shimo is an inexpensive VPN client for the Mac. Features include:
Version 188.8.131.52 adds/changes the following:
Siemens Subscriber Networks, Inc. (formerly Network TeleSystems and Efficient Networks) produces the Tango Access (formerly TunnelBuilder) secure remote access client that creates encrypted tunnels over the Internet using the Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP).
Tango Access version 1.3 will now support the new Mac OS X release, version 10.1.4 and higher, through its Installer component. The Tango Access Installer will prompt for a username and password, which it will configure in the Mac OS Remote Access configuration. You can then use the Mac OS native PPPoE component to make your connection. The Tango Access application is not installed on OS X. Future releases of Tango Access will inclue the Tango Access application, communicating over the Mac OS native PPPoE component. Tango Access for Mac supports all current versions of Mac OS starting 8.5 to the current 9.2.x releases.
Tango Access for Mac OS is available for purchase only in quantities of 1000 copies or more.
See the Tango Access for Mac FAQ for more information.
Powerlan USA, Inc. produces the TunnelMate SSH tunnel and client software for Mac OS X (Carbon). TunnelMate seamlessly integrates Secure Shell communications with products such as Powerlan's X Server product, WebTerm X and Powerlan's Terminal Emulator, WebTerm. The primary design goal of TunnelMate is to provide "full-service" Secure Shell communications without requiring users to run a separate shell application, as is necessary in other security solutions. TunnelMate may also be run as a stand-alone product, providing a Secure Shell console.
From the Viscosity web site: "Viscosity is an OpenVPN client for the Mac, providing a rich Cocoa graphical user interface for creating, editing, and controlling VPN connections. Viscosity provides a complete OpenVPN solution for Leopard (Mac OS 10.5) and does not require any additional downloads or software."
Viscosity includes the following distinguishing features:
Version 1.1 adds/changes the following:
Equinux USA Inc. produces VPN Tracker, a tool for IPsec networking that helps you connect to VPN hardware and software with Mac OS X. The software is available for purchase in both "Professional" and "Personal" editions, as well as in a special "Player" edition.
Version 6.2.2 adds/changes the following:
The demo mode is equivalent to the licensed Professional Edition, so some of the features (such as high-level encryption) will not be available in the Personal edition. A complete comparison of both editions is available. The demo is valid for 30 days, and connections will time out after 3 minutes.
Can't find what you're looking for? Try a search:
Also, if you have an older Mac, be sure to check out the "Classic" applications page for more options.
Finally, take a look at ALEMIA if you think you know that name of an application, but aren't quite sure.
For an interesting and objective third-party view of Apple's networking technology - from MacTCP through Open Transport and beywond - Peter Sichel's Sustainable Softworks page is unparalleled.
These are applications that are newer and of potential interest, but which I haven't yet selected for permanent inclusion. Have a look, and let me know if you think they deserve to be part of the permanent collection!