"More than 200 million people today use free antivirus software, but they lack a strong two-way firewall, leaving their PCs vulnerable to online attacks," said Bari Abdul, vice president of consumer sales at Check Point Software Technologies. "Antivirus alone is not enough. It misses almost 30% of viruses, and it does not provide any protection against hackers. At a minimum, consumers need to strengthen their security by adding a strong, two-way firewall on top of their antivirus software. ZoneAlarm is offering an effective solution."
ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 2012 boasts a new intuitive user interface, offering consumers a simple way to protect their PCs. Once installed, it works automatically and quietly in the background. It monitors both incoming and outgoing traffic to and from a PC and the Internet -- blocking hackers from getting into a PC and stopping them from sending out information and attacks.
For example, ZoneAlarm Free Firewall renders a PC invisible to hackers, preventing them from gaining access to a user's computer and stealing information. And when malware, such as spyware or bots, bypasses AV software and infects a user's PC, ZoneAlarm Free Firewall's unique "outbound" protection kicks in. Outbound protection stops thieves from sending stolen information back to its host servers and distributing attacks or spam to the PC owner's contacts. ZoneAlarm Free Firewall provides a critical first and last defense.
While other firewalls create too many confusing alerts or, like the default Windows firewall, provide only partial protection, ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 2012 simplifies the experience for all users. It is powered by ZoneAlarm DefenseNetT, a proven 3rd generation cloud-based service. ZoneAlarm DefenseNet automatically verifies the safety of a program by analyzing data from more than 60 million users through the cloud, eliminating overwhelming alerts and interruptions.
ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 2012 Summary of Features
2-Way Firewall -- Stops inbound and outbound attacks New User Interface -- Makes it simple for all users New Installer -- Provides faster installation and set up ZoneAlarm DefenseNetT -- Delivers robust protection without overwhelming alerts Identity Theft Protection- - Delivers data encryption and offers offline identity protection Anti-Phishing/Site Status Toolbar -- Blocks spyware distribution sites and fraudulent phishing websites Compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP Compatible with all standalone antivirus software
ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 2012 is available today in English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian. All ZoneAlarm 2012 PC and Facebook premium products, including ZoneAlarm' Extreme Security and ZoneAlarm' SocialGuard, are also available worldwide in all of these languages.
Pricing and Availability ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 2012 is available for download at www.zonealarm.com/firewall. It is completely free for individuals and not-for-profit charitable entities. For the latest updates, follow ZoneAlarm on Facebook and Twitter.
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About Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (www.checkpoint.com), the worldwide leader in securing the Internet, provides customers with uncompromised protection against all types of threats, reduces security complexity and lowers total cost of ownership. Check Point first pioneered the industry with FireWall-1 and its patented stateful inspection technology. Today, Check Point continues to develop new innovations based on the Software Blade Architecture, providing customers with flexible and simple solutions that can be fully customized to meet the exact security needs of any organization. Check Point is the only vendor to go beyond technology and define security as a business process. Check Point 3D Security uniquely combines policy, people and enforcement for greater protection of information assets and helps organizations implement a blueprint for security that aligns with business needs. Customers include tens of thousands of organizations of all sizes, including all Fortune and Global 100 companies. Check Point's award-winning ZoneAlarm solutions protect millions of consumers from hackers, spyware and identity theft.