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Current Version: 1.5.3 (October 1, 2007)

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:

  • It is packaged as Preference Panel, so you do not have to a standalone application to configure SSH tunnels.
  • It employs launchd to control tunnels, so you do not have to have yet another application running while tunneling.
  • It uses creative network configuration techniques to provide almost VPN like access to remote services, so you can keep using real IP addresses and port numbers while accessing service on the other side of your tunnels.
  • It provides simple way to mount remote volumes via SSH tunnel.
  • It can import tunnel definitions from SSH Tunnel Manager and SSHKeychain applications.

Version 1.5.3 adds/changes the following from version 1.5.2:

  1. AlmostVPN was ignoring "Ask for password" option if SSHD server was configured to do "password" based authentication (as opposite to "keyboard-interactive")
  2. Under some conditions Quick Configuration used to "dump" some passwords into System log file

AlmostVPN requires Mac OS X 10.4.x or better.

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Version 1.6 pre (Universal; October 29, 2007) is available, adding compatibility for Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard).

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