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October 1, 2007 17:46 - Use The New ZoneAlarm ForceField For Free

With many surfers afraid of the growing number of websites harboring malware of some kind, a new product from ZoneAlarm immunizes two of the most popular browsers from almost any type of attack.

Check Point has just released ZoneAlarm ForceField in beta form for both Windows XP and Vista, for use with Internet Explorer and Firefox. It is a virtualized, on-demand browser security solution to enable consumers to bank and shop online, or surf dangerous areas of the Internet without fear or limitation, Check Point said.

When ForceField is running your browser is placed in a "sandbox" -- an isolated part of the system that has no direct access to critical files. All files downloaded are scanned for known spyware signatures and websites are checked for authenticity through a database much like SiteAdvisor does.

Built from the ground-up specifically to fight the emerging classes of browser-based Web threats, ForceField erases all personal information after a Web browsing session to further protect consumer privacy online, the company said.

ZoneAlarm ForceField includes browser virtualization, anti-phishing technology, ZoneAlarm's Spy Site Blocker -- also found in the ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite -- and additional dangerous download defenses. The product provides protection against a breadth of web-based attacks, including browser exploits, drive-by downloads, and phishing attacks. It also protects against keyloggers and spyware already on the PC, Check Point said.

I've just downloaded the free beta version of ForceField to give it a try. I suggest you also try it out... you can get more information and the download link at ZoneAlarm ForceField

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October 30, 2007 22:16 - Mobile Phone Firms Plan To Find Out What You’re Talking About

Mobile phone companies have drawn up plans to monitor text messages and voice calls and pass the information to advertisers. Companies such as Motorola have developed technology to scan messages for information about where customers are and what they are doing.

Although they claim that the service would be used only with customers’ consent but privacy groups have deep concerns about the technology and the potential for phone companies to abuse it.

Advertising via mobile phones has long been regarded as potentially profitable by phone and advertising companies. The appeal lies not only in the huge number of people who use mobile phones but also in the fact that advertisers could reach younger people who may be harder to reach via traditional media. Mobile phones also allow for better targeting of advertisements than traditional media.

Under the Motorola plans, software would be installed on mobile phones to search for related words in text messages. If the words “hungry” and “food” were picked up, for example, an advertisement for a local restaurant could be sent to that user.

Kenneth Keller, Motorola’s chief marketing officer, said: “We have a technology which allows us to search, to understand not only where that person might be but also what their interests might be. You figure out if the person is going out for dinner or shopping and trying to find a particular retail outlet, for example.”

Simon Davies, director of Privacy International, said: “We have deep concerns about this kind of technology. Phone companies may be talking about ‘opting in’ to such schemes and providing incentives to customers to sign up, but down the line it is more likely you will be penalised if you don’t sign up.”

Three weeks ago, the first such service was introduced. Blyk offers customers free airtime minutes if they agree to receive advertisements on their handsets. To receive the service, Blyk customers must first give details of their spending habits and planned purchases on a website. Phone companies believe that the service could be combined with GPS technology — now a feature of many mobile phones — to allow them to identify where a user is and send them advertising.
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