Check Point Offers Beta Version of ZoneAlarm 7.0

Designed to detect and remove a wide variety of threats, Check Point is aiming its latest security offering at consumers.

Check Point Software Technologies is rolling out the beta version of its ZoneAlarm Internet security suite.

The Redwood City, Calif.-based security company announced Nov. 17 that the beta version of ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 7.0 is now available to the public.

The latest version of the companys software security suite is designed to protect consumers PCs from malware, spyware and an array of different viruses.

In order to combat blended attacks from hackers, Check Point has also added an hourly update feature to ensure users are protected.

Another feature of the 7.0 version is an "Auto-Learn" mode, which will set up security settings based on the users PC environment. This aims to decrease the number of alerts a user may experience when installing ZoneAlarm.

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"With the increasing sophistication of hacker attacks and the rapid exploitation of new vulnerabilities, it is more important than ever to take a layered approach with PC security," said Laura Yecies, vice president and general manager of Check Points consumer division, in a company release.

In recent weeks, Check Point has been trying to position itself as a premier provider of security applications for customers.

On Sept. 18, Check Point and chip maker Intel announced that the two have been working on offering better performance for Check Point security applications than run on Intel-based systems.

This partnership will give users more sophisticated security applications without suffering from poor system performance.

The 7.0 version will also feature Check Points OSFirewall feature. This application has been updated with new malware blocking capabilities that thwarts spyware, rootkits, keyloggers and other agents from infecting a PC.

"The ZoneAlarm suite takes a comprehensive, proactive approach to consumer protection to thwart hackers who work around more outdated solutions," Yecies said.

The beta testing for ZoneAlarm 7.0 will last four to seven weeks.

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