Starting with version 6.3.1, EVP Office adds an important new feature to EstateVal, CostBasis and CapWatch: firewall proxy capability. This functionality allows the programs to be used behind a corporate firewall without having to explicitly allow the data they send to pass.
Normally, firewalls block any Internet data - both incoming and outgoing - that they do not expect. When programs like EstateVal are released, they cannot function until the system administrator adds permission for them to the rules the firewall follows. This is not only frustrating but can lead to security problems - the very reason the firewall was installed in the first place. Proxies are a good solution to the paradox: they allow data to pass through the firewall without requiring that the administrator grant explicit permission. Because proxies function as well-regulated passages, programs that can use them are easier to control and administer.
EstateVal, CostBasis and CapWatch can now function as SOCKS4-, SOCKS5- and HTTP Tunnel-compatible clients. SOCKS4, SOCKS5 and HTTP Tunnel are the most popular proxy protocols available today and are implemented by such common systems as Novell's BorderManager. To use the software's proxy capability, just run the program, select "Tools," then "Options." Next, click on the "Communication" tab and make sure that "Method" is set to Internet. Then set "Proxy Type" to SOCKS4, SOCKS5 or HTTP Tunnel, depending on which protocol is implemented or recommended by your system administrator. In the "Proxy Host" field, enter the name of the machine that is running your proxy software and under "Proxy Port" enter the port on which the server is listening for connections. For both SOCKS4 and SOCKS5, the default port is 1080.
If you have any questions about the values for any of these fields, please contact your system administrator. Unfortunately, because each installation is unique, there is no way for EVP Systems' Customer Support to know how your network is configured.
This capability is now also in the GiftVal program.
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