WinGate Proxy Server is an internet gateway and communications server suitable for anything from small home networks to large businesses.

The program will share anything from a simple dial-up to speedy fibre internet connection between your various network users, for instance. And support for a host of internet protocols ensures WinGate Proxy Server will work with browsers, instant messaging software, FTP, SSL, streaming audio and video, DirectPlay internet games, and more.

Logging and auditing features, combined with a real-time activity viewer ensure you can always keep an eye on exactly how your internet connection is being used. And if this doesn't meet your approval then it's easy to set up and enforce custom access control and acceptable use policies.

Your security is protected at all times by WinGate Proxy Server's integrated packet-inspecting firewall. But if you need more then the program can be extended (at additional cost) with modules to, say, scan incoming data for malware, or filter out inappropriate content in web traffic.

And the integrated web and DNS caching means the program could improve network performance, too.

Conveniently, the program is also licenced according to the number of concurrent users, not per seat. As not everyone will be using the internet at any one time, this could save you a significant amount of cash.

Version 8.5.9.4883 brings (Changelog):

1. Fix: Socket notifications: performance improvement from fixed callback window creation.

2. Fix: WinGate Engine: Fixed memory leak in thread naming if policy is used to terminate connections from within ClientConnect event

3. Fix: Reverse Proxy: Fixed memory leak relating to extension to EXE mappings when web serving.

4. Fix: Email Panel: Fixed crash relating to tooltip.

5. Fix: JScript Item: Fixed bug relating to strings from schema objects being treated as booleans when compared.

6. Fix: JScript Item: Fixed bug in less than and greater than operators

7. Change: Pattern Matching: Performance improvement in pattern matching, affects data list content checking.

8. Change: WWW Proxy: now recognises the relatively new PATCH command (so doesn't block it by default)

Verdict

WinGate Proxy Server is a powerful and highly configurable package with a stack of essential features.