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Saturday, March 3, 2007

VPN Tunnel - Anywhere

Recently I learned about a great product that allows one to create an encrypted VPN tunnel anywhere (even through existing firewalls.) You can create virtual private networks where multiple computers can be attached (ala, install vnc and then use the new vpn connection to remotely control another system without even needing to open ports on your firewall.) There are many things you can do with this.

The product's name is "Hamachi" (you can find this at I first stumbled upon this while visiting/listening to a Podcast from Episode 37 "remote domination". At first I was a little skeptical about how secure it was... I tried it out anyway on a few sandbox systems I have (vmware instances) and was surprised about how fast it was to sign-up and then connect.

Later, as I was listening to an older episode of Security Now with Steve Gibson, he do was impressed with this product. He went on to say how he was an early tester of the product and had spoken with the developer on how it was constructed. Steve felt that the product was developed with the right technology to provide truly private connections. See episode #18 and 19.

Give it a try and let me know what you think or how you used it?