The Hamachi on-the-fly virtual private network product looks incredibly useful. The company is located in Vancouver, Canada.
They released their 1.0 beta in December. I have not tested the software, but if it works as promised it will allow local area network-like functionality across computers distributed on the Internet. This could be a compellingly-simple solution for small businesses and for linking up families, etc.
What it is
With Hamachi you can organize two or more computers with an Internet connection into their own virtual network for direct secure communication.
Hamachi is fast, secure and simple. It is also free.
What’s in it for me
Think – LAN over the Internet.
Think – Zero-configuration VPN.
Think – Secure peer-to-peer.
Access computers remotely. Use Windows File Sharing. Play LAN games. Run private Web or FTP servers. Communicate directly. Stay connected.
They claim 785,000 users as of December 2005. If anyone is using it, please let me know what you think.