Jersey City, NJ (September 20, 2007) -- According to the Federal Trade Commission, ID theft has already cost consumers over $5 Billion, and this figure does not even take into account the costs related to repairing the damage. Further, studies by Gartner assert that approximately 21% of consumers will not conduct online transactions due to fears of ID theft and/or fraud. In response to this growing concern, and in advance of the active holiday online shopping season, Comodo advises online shoppers to be aware of the new ways they can stay safe online and can keep their PCs safe so they can avoid being victims of ID theft.
Most consumers understand that ID theft can occur at multiple "threat junctures" -- either at a website via drive by download attacks or if they have an ID stealing virus on their computer. To address these concerns, Comodo has begun to provide information and free tools that empowers consumers to take proactive steps to ensure that they are shopping on a trusted, secure site and that their computers are free from dangerous trojans and viruses.
Onsite trust indicator helps verify site identity
To help consumers confirm they are dealing with a verifiable site (and not a phishing site), consumers should look for a new, green trust indicator that appears in the URL of a site protected with an EV SSL certificate. This indicator is presented on sites with an EV SSL certificate and provides web site visitors a conspicuous and reliable way to confirm site identity when they are using Microsoft(r) Internet Explorer 7 (and upcoming releases of Firefox and Opera). On EV SSL protected sites, visitors will notice that the address bar turns green and displays the name of the Extended Validation certificate owner. This green confirmation increases trust because site visitors will know that the organization has been authenticated according to the most rigorous industry standard and can be trusted to be a real business - not a phishing site. By looking for this visual confirmation, consumers can avoid phishing site or other sites designed to steal sensitive information.
Preventing ID Theft Through Free Desktop Security Solutions
Consumers are faced with multi-dimensional threats and therefore need multi-layered solutions to address those threats. Uniquely, Comodo, through its group of security companies, is a leading provider of free, award-winning security solutions including Comodo Firewall Pro, which prevents virus and trojans from getting into a PC; Comodo Memory Guardian, which stops most drive by download attacks; and Comodo BOClean; an anti-malware solution. Each of these solutions are delivered free to consumers without requiring any license, update, or renewal fees. The Comodo security solutions are recognized as world-class by independent sources such as PC Magazine and PC World.
"Internet security threats are rising at an alarming pace, and consumers are increasingly aware of the risks," said Melih Abdulhayoglu, CEO and Chief Security Architect of Comodo. "The Comodo companies present this set of advanced protection tools so consumers will have a simple and reliable way to protect themselves in all of their online interactions. Our goal is help consumers feel safe online - especially as the holiday season approaches."
To download the award-winning Comodo Personal Firewall, please visit personalfirewall.comodo.com. To download Comodo BOClean, please visit http://www.comodo.com/home/internet-security/anti-malware.php.
The Comodo companies provide the infrastructure that is essential in enabling e-merchants, other Internet-connected companies, software companies, and individual consumers to interact and conduct business via the Internet safely and securely. The Comodo companies offer PKI SSL, Code Signing, Content Verification and Email Certificate; award winning PC Security software; Vulnerability Scanning services for PCI Compliance; secure e-mail and fax services.
Continual innovation, a core competence in PKI, and a commitment to reversing the growth of Internet-crime distinguish the Comodo companies as vital players in the Internet's ongoing development. Comodo secures and authenticates online transactions and communications for over 200,000 business customers and 3,000,000 users of our desktop security products.
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