JERSEY CITY, NJ, December 8, 2010 - Comodo, a leading Internet security organization, is cautioning consumers to use an ounce of prevention while shopping this holiday season by avoiding transactions via public Wi-Fi systems such as those found in airports, hotels or local coffee shops due to increased Internet security risks. With more than 35 million active users, Comodo has earned the trust of consumers around the world, and advises them that by using products such as TrustConnect on their laptop, consumers can be safe when making purchases online because they are protected.
CyberMonday results for previous years indicate that more and more Americans are shopping online for holiday gifts, according to recent reports.
"During this season of holiday buying, you don't want to unknowingly give away your credit card information by not having your laptops protected with an extra level of trust as an added precaution" said Melih Abdulhayoglu, Comodo CEO and chief security officer.
"Without Comodo TrustConnect on your laptop, hackers can have a field day with laptop users on Public Wi-Fi systems who become easy prey to these bad guys trolling for unprotected credit card information," he said. "You would never intentionally provide a criminal with your personal and private information. They would probably take your information and use it to take whatever they could from you."
Comodo TrustConnect virtual private network (VPN) keeps users information private, secure, and out of the hands of cyber-criminals during an online session. Wherever someone is located, whatever type of hardware, whether using a public Wi-Fi connection or not, Comodo TrustConnect keeps users securely connected and their identity and information private. No one can intercept or steal any information sent or received during an online session with the software installed. They can't even determine where the information is coming from. Comodo TrustConnect will keep information private and secure.
Comodo TrustConnect makes surfing the Web safe while at coffee shops, hotels and airports. Website addresses, instant messaging, personal information, plain text usernames and passwords and other important information may be broadcast unencrypted when using these publicly accessible wireless Internet connections. Cyber criminals can easily intercept these broadcasts. TrustConnect creates a shield around your laptop, desktop or handheld. It prevents criminals from attacking or scanning your system from your local network, and encrypts all of your traffic destined for the Internet.
Comodo TrustConnect also secures a customer's Wi-Fi at home as well protecting against "Wardriving"—are attacks by people snooping in on your home Wi-Fi from the street, or if you have systems at home that are infected with a virus, those also can have access to your network.
Comodo TrustConnect is a SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) Virtual Private Network and uses 128-bit encryption. Setting up Comodo TrustConnect is easy, as it works on most operating systems (Windows, Mac OS X) as well as with most firewall applications. Typical setup takes less than three minutes.
For more information go to Comodo.com/trustconnect/overview.html.
Comodo® is a leading brand in Internet security. With US Headquarters in New Jersey and global resources in UK, China, India, Ukraine, and Romania, Comodo provides businesses and consumers worldwide with security and trust services, including digital certificates, PCI scanning, desktop security, and remote PC support. Securing online transactions for over 200,000 businesses, and with more than 25 million desktop security software installations, including an award-winning firewall and antivirus software, Comodo is Creating Trust Online®. To learn more, visit Comodo's website.
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