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OEIPL releases new versions of SafeSquid: Content Filtering Internet Proxy, for Linux and Windows

12-30-2009 04:28 PM CET | IT, New Media & Software

Press release from: Office Efficiencies (India) Pvt. Ltd.

OEIPL, developers of the popular content filtering software - SafeSquid, have released a new version for Linux and Windows. The highlights of the release are NTLM authentication/SSO support, LSA authentication support and LDAP / AD User-Group mapping.

In SafeSquid versions previous to ntlm-RC2.0, authentication was session based, and users were presented with an authentication pop-up for every new session. The users were required to enter their valid credentials, depending on what authenticating server the proxy was configured to authenticate users from, to gain access to Internet. A variety of authenticating servers can be used, like an Active Directory, LDAP, Radius, POP3, MySQL, Unix, etc. Although a good security measure, session-based authentication is not readily accepted in large Enterprises, since it causes inconvenience to users.

The latest SafeSquid Linux version - ntlm-RC2.0, now supports NTLM authentication, or Single Sign On. NTLM uses a challenge-response mechanism for authentication, in which clients are able to prove their identities without sending a password to the server. This allows access to clients using Windows Integrated Authentication in Microsoft-centric Networks, without an authentication pop-up.

The latest Windows version - 3.2.1.0, has an option to enable / disable NTLM authentication, but at the moment it is inactive. This feature will be available in the next version, which is expected to be released in early January 2010. However, it now supports LSA authentication, to allow access to local user accounts. This is very useful in networks without a domain.

Both new releases, for Linux and Windows, sport a very tight integration with LDAP based Directory Services. A newly designed LDAP Sub-System (LSS) has been introduced that allows simple integration to AD / LDAP server. With LSS, users can be applied a Group-Profile, based on the User-Group that users belongs to, on the AD / LDAP server. This makes granular group-based access policies to be defined very easily.

About SafeSquid:
SafeSquid provides a reliable and efficient solution for enterprise-wide distribution of Internet Access. It delivers the essential goals of a Content Filtering Internet Proxy - 'Total Access Control' & 'Total Content Control'. It's unique features provide better Manageability, Granularity & Scalability than any other comparable solution. The various aspects of real-time content analysis, and modification have always been a part of SafeSquid's intrinsic architecture. It is therefore very robust, and can handle thousands of concurrent requests, while performing complex content filtering, in real-time.

SafeSquid is used world-wide by Value Added ISP, Educational Institutions, Software and Technology Companies, ITES / Business Processing Enterprises, Public Access Internet Distributions, Research and Design Businesses, Manufacturing and Logistic Businesses & Financial Services.

SafeSquid free editions for Linux and Windows are very popular with home users, primarily for parental control; and small business users, for its 'content filtering' capabilities, and content caching feature, that helps them to reduce bandwidth usage.

About OEIPL:
Office Efficiencies is a team of highly dedicated, skilled, experienced young professionals, engaged in delivering software products, services and solutions. The team has a vast and profound knowledge of security solutions in the field of Information Technology. The core competencies of this team lie in its capability to understand the requirements of an IT Enterprise, which enables them to deliver near-ideal solutions. This team thrives in bridging the gap between the user needs, technical constraints and budgetary allocations. The development team has a rich experience of having successfully created solutions served on Microsoft® Windows® and Linux platforms.

Office Efficiencies (India) Pvt. Ltd.
127, Damji Shamji Industrial Estate,
LBS Rd., Vikhroli (W),
Mumbai - 400083
Maharashtra, India.

Phone: +91-22-25772222
Fax: _91-22-25771184
Email: information@safesquid.net
Contact: Sachin Purohit

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