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Trend Micro Announces New Secure Password Management Product

DirectPass synchronizes online credentials across PCs, mobile phones, and tablets
CUPERTINO, Calif., March 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global cloud security leader, today announced DirectPass, a new password management solution. Designed to organize and manage passwords, DirectPass provides consumers with a fast and efficient way to manage their online activities, while offering extra security measures to keep their credentials safe. Trend Micro DirectPass uses cloud technology to sync online credentials across multiple devices, allowing users to experience the benefits of DirectPass anytime, anywhere.

The average online user has multiple accounts; however, the majority of people fail to manage their passwords in a secure manner. According to a recent Trend Micro survey, 75 percent of consumers have 10 accounts or more, yet only 20 percent say they use third-party software to manage their passwords.

"We know that most security threats arise when passwords are forgotten or because users try to remember them by writing them down or worse, making them weak in order to easily commit them to memory," said Carol Carpenter, general manager of Trend Micro. "With the introduction of DirectPass, Trend Micro's goal is to lower users' risks of running into malicious intent by heightening the security of their passwords in an easy way that also doesn't interfere with their day-to-day digital life."

The benefits of DirectPass include:

Password Management

-- Manage all passwords and login IDs in one secure location -- Seamlessly login to web sites without the need to re-enter credentials - users only have to remember one password -- Automatically fill personal information into web forms accurately and safely Online Security

-- A secure browser for banking or financial websites -- Mitigation against keylogging malware -- A text-entry feature to store private information that is completely protected Sync & Access

-- Synchronize online credentials across multiple devices (PCs, mobile phones and tablets) -- Leverage the security and convenience of DirectPass from anywhere, on any device with a secure Internet connection Identity theft continues to grow with nearly 12 million Americans having their identities stolen in 2011, according to a report by Javelin Strategy & Research. One of the best ways to prevent identity thieves from accessing private accounts and personal information is to only use strong passwords with multiple letters, characters and numbers. "We know there's a need to protect consumers from ID theft, which continues to be one of the most widespread Internet threats," adds Carpenter. "DirectPass is our commitment to providing consumers with a preventative measure to help avoid these types of threats so they can go online and conduct their business with confidence."

U.S. pricing and availability DirectPass is available immediately in the U.S. A free version (up to five passwords) can be downloaded online. The premium version, which includes support for unlimited passwords, is also available online for $14.95 for a 1-year subscription. More information can be found at DirectPass.com.

About Trend Micro Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global cloud security leader, creates a world safe for exchanging digital information with its Internet content security and threat management solutions for businesses and consumers. A pioneer in server security with over 20 years' experience, we deliver top-ranked client, server and cloud-based security that fits our customers' and partners' needs, stops new threats faster, and protects data in physical, virtualized and cloud environments. Powered by the industry-leading Trend Micro Smart Protection Network cloud computing security infrastructure, our products and services stop threats where they emerge - from the Internet. They are supported by 1,000+ threat intelligence experts around the globe.

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