Shimo Shimo 4

Flexible VPN client for Macs

Shimo is a felexible VPN client that supports most protocols including Cisco VPN connections. View full description


  • Supports most major VPN protocols including Cisco
  • Easy to setup and configure
  • Slick interface
  • Stats on connection performance
  • More functionality than Snow Leopard Cisco client


  • Connection status may stick in
  • Not much Help documentation

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Shimo is a felexible VPN client that supports most protocols including Cisco VPN connections.

Shimo started in 2006 as a replacement for the ugly and rather limited graphical user interface that came with Cisco's VPN client. However, since then, Cisco's VPN client is now supported naively in OS X 10.6 although it is still very limited in controls and preferences. Shimo however, gives you much more control.

Using Shimo is easy. Once installed, it may ask you for your system password so that you can update Shimo's drivers to support as many VPN protocols as possible. To setup a new connection, just click on Profiles and then the "+" symbol to add a new connection. You can choose to either import a profile or add the details manually yourself. In the case of Cisco connections, this usually requires the server address, username, password, group name and group name password or "shared secret".

There are many customizations and preferences beyond this although for most people, they won't need touching. However, I found myself trying to change some of them in order to make Shimo connect to a Cisco VPN. Using Snow Leopard, I could only ever get as far as "Securing" in the connection status dialog. Whether this is because my settings weren't quite right or whether its because Shimo simply doesn't support Cisco very well in Snow Leopard I'm not sure.

Note that in this free version, your connection times will be limited and you will be subject to a nag screen asking you to upgrade from time-to-time.

Overall, Shimo is a slick and highly flexible VPN client but you may have troubles getting it to work with Cisco VPN connections.


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Shimo: VPN Client for Mac – for Everyone.

Shimo is the most versatile VPN client for OS X and it enables really everybody to master secure network. It supports more protocols than any other VPN application out there! CiscoVPN, AnyConnect, IPSec, OpenVPN, PPTP/L2TP, Nortel and even SSH connections are no problem for Shimo.

Shimo is able to automate everything around your secure network connections: Establish connections automatically when you change your network location, execute AppleScripts on certain events or get notified about these events. This is just a very small excerpt of Shimo's capabilities. Feel free to download Shimo from our website and get a 30 days free trial before you have to buy a license!

Version 4.0:

  • Optimized for OS X El Capitan and Yosemite
  • Exporting and Deployment of Accounts and configurations
  • Statistics and Accounting
  • Two-Factor Authentication
  • Many Minor Bugfixes
  • Automated Connections
  • Streamlined User Experience
  • Even Better Customer Support



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User reviews about Shimo

  • shimo-is-a-scam

    by shimo-is-a-scam

    "Worst money I've ever spent on software"

    During the trial period the software worked fine, I was happy with it and I spent the €49 to purchase it. It stopped ...   More.