Netscape boosts security, remote connectivity

Aiming to ease the implementation and use of remote email access, secure Internet-based communications and Internet directory services, Netscape Communications has announced new server products and support for a directory access protocol.

Netscape Mail Server 2.0 uses the Internet Mail Access Protocol to allow travelling employees to send and receive Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encrypted mail messages remotely. Mail Server 2.0 can be integrated with Netscape Navigator software and will support several thousand users on a network. The software is expected to be available for Unix and Windows NT in the second quarter and will sell for around US$995.

Netscape Certificate Server is cross-platform software that enables organisations to protect their online communications through the use of public-key certificates, which are digital authentification mechanisms used to verify a user's identity over the Internet.

The software offers a more secure method of user identification than relying on user names and passwords when running applications such as encrypted email, officials say. It also allows MIS departments to generate, revoke, renew and manage security certifications for clients and servers. Certificate Server is scheduled to be available in the third quarter for Unix and Windows NT platforms and will cost about US$995.

Netscape, based in Mountain View, California, can be reached at +1 (415) 937-3777 or on the World Wide Web at

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