Wednesday we announced a downloadable trial version of Kermit 95 1.1.20. With the increasing importance of network security, we have decided to also make the secure version available to everyone who is allowed by USA export laws to have it, namely citizens and permanent residents of the USA and citizens of Canada, who are in the USA or Canada, for use only in the USA and Canada. Don't blame us for law.
This version of Kermit 95 runs on Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, and XP on Intel platforms only. It supports the following security methods:
All of these are IETF-approved forms of Internet security that are specified in RFCs and in use at major universities, corporations, government agencies, and other large organizations. This is not do-it-yourself public key security; it's serious centrally managed security requiring a professional network/systems security staff and secure authentication database.
You can use the security features of Kermit 95 if you are an authorized user of a host that supports at least one of the security methods listed. A fair amount of configuration is needed to make Kermit 95 select the appropriate method and use the parameters relevant to your site, but all the tools are provided. Configuration and setup is documented in:
This download is intended mainly for central-site technical staff to evaluate Kermit 95 for use within their organization. End-users can not use it to obtain secure connections in isolation: a secure connection requires compatible security methods on both ends.
If you're a network/systems security professional, we invite you to download the secure K95 demo and try it out:
If you are a concerned end user, please pass this announcement along to your support staff, and point out the availability of low-cst K95 bulk and site licenses.
If you have questions or comments, feel free to send them to us at the regular address: