Zone Labs Launches New Security Scanner Service; Free Service Helps Internet Users Identify Tracking Cookies That Pose Threats to Privacy and PC Security

Zone Labs Launches New Security Scanner Service; Free Service Helps Internet Users Identify Tracking Cookies That Pose Threats to Privacy and PC Security

Business Editors/High-Tech Writers

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 13, 2004

Zone Labs(R), the most trusted provider of endpoint security solutions, today announced the immediate availability of the new Zone Labs Security Scanner at www.zonelabs.com. The free web-based scanning service helps Internet users safeguard their privacy by detecting the presence of potentially harmful third-party tracking cookies which monitor online behavior. Tracking cookies collect surfing behavior and report that behavior back to unknown entities, thereby presenting a security risk to online users as well as a violation of privacy.

“Powerful security tools combine simplicity with complete control over how a PC exchanges information with the Internet,” said Frederick Felman, vice president of marketing, Zone Labs. “The Zone Labs Security Scanner is an easy-to-use, always up-to-date service for anyone who wants to protect their PC and the valuable information stored on it from online snoops.”

Anyone with Internet access can utilize the Zone Labs Security Scanner by visiting http://www.zonelabs.com/securityscanner to scan their PC. No purchase is necessary and using Zone Labs software, or any other security software, is not required. With one click, the Zone Labs Security Scanner scans the PC, identifies any third party tracking cookies that are present and notifies the user. The Security Scanner can differentiate between cookies that provide convenience and customization on trusted sites and questionable cookies that may be used to spy upon users.

ZoneAlarm(R) Pro users can scan for third party tracking cookies as well as remove those cookies using ZoneAlarm Pro which is integrated with the Security Scanner. ZoneAlarm Pro includes an additional “Intelligent Cookie Removal” button within the Privacy feature. Intelligent Cookie Removal eliminates only harmful tracking cookies that violate users’ privacy while allowing cookies from trusted sites to remain on the PC. Due to the dynamic nature of the web-based Security Scanner, users do not have to download updates or perform other maintenance duties to stay up-to-date with new and potentially dangerous third party tracking cookies that may be deposited on their PCs as they surf the web.

Pricing and Availability

The Security Scanner is available to anyone who can access the Internet. There is no charge for using the service and no software downloads or purchases are necessary in order to use it. The Intelligent Cookie Removal feature is available only in ZoneAlarm Pro. ZoneAlarm Pro costs $49.95 and is available for immediate purchase and download at www.zonelabs.com. A complimentary, 15-day trial of ZoneAlarm Pro is also available from the Zone Labs web site.

About Zone Labs

Zone Labs(R), a Check Point company, is one of the most trusted brands in Internet security, is a leading creator of endpoint security solutions protecting millions of PCs and the valuable, personally-identifiable information on those PCs, from hackers, spyware and data theft. The company’s award-winning endpoint security product line is deployed in global enterprises, small businesses and consumers’ homes, protecting them from Internet-borne threats. Zone Labs Integrity(TM) is an endpoint security management platform that protects corporate data and productivity. ZoneAlarm(R) Pro, ZoneAlarm Plus and ZoneAlarm are among the most popular and successful Internet security products available today while IMsecure(R) Pro offers comprehensive security for instant messaging.

Editor’s Notes: IMsecure, TrueVector, ZoneAlarm and Zone Labs are registered trademarks of Zone Labs, Inc. The Zone Labs logo, Zone Labs Integrity and Cooperative Enforcement are trademarks of Zone Labs, Inc. Zone Labs Integrity protected under U.S. Patent No. 5,987,611. Reg. U.S. Pat. & TM Off. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. v.07.18.03

COPYRIGHT 2004 Business Wire

COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale Group