Light Point Security has just released Light Point Web 2.1. The 2.1 release contains lots of improvements, but the main goal was to lay the ground work for Light Point Web Enterprise.
Light Point Web Enterprise
Previously, if you wanted to use Light Point Web, you had to connect to the Light Point Web servers running in our cloud. There are positives and negatives to this approach.
Positives of Cloud Servers
- The user gets anonymous browsing.
- The user only has to install a plugin to their browser.
- All server-side maintenance is handled by us.
Negatives of Cloud Servers
- The user’s browsing session is occuring on a computer owned by someone else.
- The distance between a user and our servers introduces latency to page loading and a user’s interactions with a page.
Negative #1 may not be a problem for everyone. One great feature of Light Point Web is that you can bypass it whenever you want. You can use it for all your casual/risky browsing, but bypass it for sensitive/trusted tasks such as online banking.
However, this becomes a problem for an enterprise. An enterprise does not want to give employees the ability to bypass their security protections. At the same time, an enterprise does not want to rely on a third party to host employee browsing sessions. Light Point Web Enterprise solves this problem by allowing an enterprise to host a Light Point Web server inside their network, solely for the use of their employees. As a bonus, because the server is now inside their intranet, this eliminates negative #2 as well.
Enterprises can now get Non-persistent Desktop Browsing (known as NPDB) using our dual-layered virtualization, running on a server only they have access to.
There were countless other improvements made that will enhance both the consumer and enterprise versions of Light Point Web. These include:
- Numerous processor usage optimizations. This improvement consists of both client and server optimizations. First, algorithms in the client code were optimized to reduce processor usage and improve speed. Second, on the server we made changes to the processor scheduling to give quicker response times to user interactions.
- Better font rendering. Previously we used the default fonts built into our Linux servers. However, most websites are designed with Windows fonts in mind. This caused words on sites to be rendered too wide, which sometimes lead to incorrect alignment of certain web page elements. We now use official Windows fonts, which results in sites being rendered the way they were designed to.
- The ability for a user to select the best compression levels for their Internet connection speed. We now allow users to choose higher compression for slower links, and less compression for faster links. This results in the optimal performance for both cases.
- The ability for a user to force a disconnection to the server. Previously, to end your connection with the Light Point Web server you had to either close all browser tabs using Light Point Web, or wait for the inactivity timer to disconnect you. We now added a menu item that allows a user to disconnect when they want while saving their state, so it can be resumed later.
- Updated server-side browsing engine.
- Updates to remain compatible with newer Firefox releases.
If you are interested in learning more about Light Point Web Enterprise or volunteering to perform a pilot deployment in your enterprise, please sign up here.