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FireWall-1 FAQ: What is the Difference Between SecuRemote and Secure Client?

Please note: This content was from when I was operating my FireWall-1 FAQ site, which I stopped operating in August 2005. For some reason people still have links to this stuff on the Internet that people are still clicking on.


I am making this information available again AS IS. Given how old this information is, it is likely wildly inaccurate. I have no plans to update this information.


If you're still running versions of Check Point VPN-1/FireWall-1 where this information is still relevant to you, do yourself a favor and upgrade to a more recent release. If you happen to be running a current release and the information is useful, it's by happenstance :)


SecuRemote and Secure Client are often used interchangably by Check Point and users alike. Secure Client is the new "official" name for Check Point's VPN client. Secure Client provides a superset of the functionality of SecuRemote. It offers some additional features such as the ability to enforce a security policy on the client itself and disallow access to the VPN if the client is doing something forbidden (for example, using non-TCP/IP protocols or using a different policy than provided by the server). This functionality is provided at an extra cost per-user above and beyond purchasing an encryption license.

The basic SecuRemote functionality (i.e. the ability to established an encrypted session with a firewall) is still provided as part of the encryption license, which is an extra-cost item in FireWall-1.

Of course, since this article came out, there are even more clients out there! The place that breaks down your options is sk67820.

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