ZoneAlarm ForceField puts your browser in a sandbox

Posted on Saturday, Sep 29 2007 @ 21:28 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Check Point released a beta version of their upcoming security application called ZoneAlarm ForceField. The firm claims this program is the first virtualized, on-demand browser security solution which fully protect users against most of the dangers from the Internet.

The program features full protection against all kinds of spyware, an anti-phishing filter, a siteblocker and an anti-keylogger. ZoneAlarm ForceField supports IE6 and 7 and Firefox 1 and 2 running under Windows XP and Vista.

"ZoneAlarm ForceField uniquely defends against the escalating wave of malicious, privacy-infringing Web threats," said Laura Yecies vice president and general manager of Check Point's ZoneAlarm consumer division. "We use precision virtualization technologies and powerful data security principles to secure Web surfers in a two-way 'bubble of security,' uniquely protecting them from Web threats as well as spyware or keyloggers that may already reside on a PC."

  • Virtual surfing creates a duplicate, disposable version of "you" to block Web attacks, leaving users safe to surf safely
  • Two-way protection not only defends the PC against Internet attacks, but also protects Web sessions from threats already on the PC-, like spyware and keyloggers.
  • Advanced anti-phishing utilizes sophisticated heuristics and the best signature system available to prevent users from visiting fraudulent Web sites that try to trick users into revealing personal data.
  • Privacy mode permits users to surf anywhere and type anything without leaving a single trace on the computer.
  • Dangerous download detector checks every file download form the Internet to make sure it's clean.
  • Anti-keylogger/screengrabber discovers and blocks silent spyware programs that try to steal users' identity by recording keys that users type and pagers that users view.
  • Web site auditor checks credentials on every Web site to see if it is safer to enter data or download files.
  • Spyware scanner scans users' browsing session for dangerous spyware that may be running.
  • Spy site blocking finds and blocks spyware distribution sites as users surf the Web.
  • Temp file encryption encrypts the temporary files that are automatically created on users' PCs as they type information on the Web, so they cannot be compromised by spyware on their PCs.
  • Browser exploit immunity inoculates users' computers from automatic downloads and other threats that occur through the numerous browser exploits that arise each year.
  • Instant ForceField gives travelers the temporary use of ForceField on borrowed computers at kiosks, on friends' PCs and at other public places.
  • Security Services subscription offers access to Instant ZoneAlarm ForceField along with computer backup, real-world identity theft protection, customer support and new services that are added over time.
The software will be available in early 2008 for $29.95. You can download the beta over here.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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