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Security for laptops expanded in latest Zone Alarm release

Check Point : 02 September, 2009  (New Product)
Check Point's popular consumer IT security suite, Zone Alarm gains significant enhancements in the Windows 7 ready 2010 version including full disk encryption, unification of anti-virus and anti-spyware engines as well as OS firewall
Check Point Software Technologies has announced ZoneAlarm Extreme Security 2010, the latest version of the company's comprehensive consumer security suite equipped with robust security technologies to address multiple PC threats, from browser exploits to password theft.

ZoneAlarm Extreme Security 2010 introduces the industry's first hard drive encryption solution in a consumer security suite. ZoneAlarm Hard Drive Encryption automatically encrypts all hard drive content to protect personal and irreplaceable data in the event of laptop loss or theft. With unique browser security features and identity protection services, ZoneAlarm Extreme Security 2010 helps consumers stay ahead of the latest Web threats and attacks. Also today, Check Point released new versions of ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite, ZoneAlarm Pro and ZoneAlarm Antivirus.

'Over half of all new PCs bought today are laptops. This means that private data, from tax returns to personal information, is at a much greater risk of being lost or stolen and used for identity theft and fraud,' said Jon Crotty, security research analyst at IDC. 'Given the ease at which laptops can be lost or stolen, and the ever growing threat environment both - on and off line - data encryption becomes a much more desirable feature for a comprehensive consumer Internet security suite."

Based on the market-leading Check Point Endpoint Security Full Disk Encryption already proven in over 8 million enterprises, businesses and government agencies, the new ZoneAlarm Hard Drive Encryption protects consumers against identity theft. This unique 256-bit consumer encryption technology ensures all data stored on the system's hard drive is unreadable to unauthorized users. Encryption works silently in the background to protect all existing, new or changed files such as medical records or personal photos.

Hard Drive Encryption also safeguards the key system information that users tend to forget, such as automatically-stored passwords, cookies, temporary Internet files and recycle bin documents. Coupled with included services that alert consumers to possible fraud, offer 24/7 password recovery, and help victims of identify theft, ZoneAlarm delivers comprehensive security for Internet users.

"Thieves are increasingly targeting laptops primarily to steal the information stored inside, and they can easily remove the hard drive to gain full access to the user's data," said Juliette Sultan, head of global marketing for Check Point. "With our new and comprehensive ZoneAlarm Extreme Security suite with Hard Drive Encryption, our customers have the peace-of-mind that their credit card numbers, social security information, and any personal data are always protected."

Multiple security technologies included in the new ZoneAlarm Extreme Security suite - including personal firewall, anti-phishing and wireless network security - provide critical protection against attacks that can bypass traditional security suites.

For example, new Advanced Download Protection automatically checks and analyzes the programs a user wants to download to determine if they are safe or malicious. Other enhancements include a unified scan engine designed for faster and easier detection and removal of viruses, spyware and other malicious software.

Features and benefits in ZoneAlarm Extreme Security 2010 include:

* Advanced Download Protection - Stops the latest viruses delivered online by running and analyzing downloads in a protected environment before installation

* Hard Drive Encryption - Enterprise-proven encryption option to automatically encrypt personal and system data for identify theft protection

* Password Recovery Assistance - Provides Hard Disk Encryption users with included phone assistance 24 hours, 7 days a week

* Identity Protection Services - Credit Bureau Monitoring provides fraud alerts, plus Victim Recovery Services help recover quickly from identify theft

* Operating System Firewall - New enhancements help identify and stop sophisticated online attacks that can bypass traditional anti-virus and security suites

* Virtual Browsing - Allows users to surf the Web with full protection against malicious software such as drive-by downloads or browser exploits

* Unified Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware Engine - Performs anti-virus scans now up to 85% faster than previous versions

* Windows 7 Ready - Support available in conjunction with Windows 7 release

"ZoneAlarm Extreme Security 2010 with Hard Drive Encryption is the only security suite on the market today that includes all the tools consumers need to combat today's threat environment," concluded Sultan.
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