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Testing Resource is Part of Comodo's Trusted Internet initiative to secure PCs for free for all online users

Jersey City, NJ (March 19, 2008) - Today, Comodo, a leading security company, announced the launch of a new website that will house one of the largest collections of computer security tests anywhere. These tests include a combination of widely available firewall leak and Host Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS) tests in addition to proprietary firewall tests from Comodo. The tests were created as safe way for users of all abilities to determine the effectiveness of their security software at eliminating vulnerabilities that could leave their computer system susceptible to identity-stealing malware. Users can determine their risk of being victimized from stolen identities, corrupted data, crashing computers, and other problems.

As user dependence on the Internet continues to increase, Comodo created the "Test My PC Security" site as part of its Trusted Internet initiative to meet people's need to ensure safe and secure online business and communication. The site provides a unique means to objectively determine how effective a PC's security system is at protecting sensitive information from hackers, fraudsters, and malware. Each of these tests can be downloaded and run individually, or they can be downloaded as an entire suite in one operation.

The site was designed to be both a testing and education resource for users and includes:

  • Detailed and technical explanations about firewall leak tests and HIPS testing,
  • Downloads of individual and batch security individual tests,
  • Information on other people's test results and comments, and
  • The ability to become part of the Test My PC Security testing community.

Comodo created this free, comprehensive and independent site of diagnostic tests for a variety of reasons. First, it was designed to help users understand how prepared they are to defend against a variety of online attacks. Second, this resource was created in response to user dissatisfaction with the current state of desktop security testing which often post outdated results. Third, with millions of users participating and submitting test results, the entire community benefits with better information on emerging threats. Finally, this resource was created specifically to be free of commercial influences as these results objectively report on the experiences of a worldwide community of users as opposed to posting results from a few testers as is most often the case with other testing sites.

Each test is a small, non-destructive program designed to expose the existence of security flaws on Windows based systems. The tests deliberately attempt to bypass a user's security software by simulating the techniques used by real world malware such as Trojans and viruses. Based on the results of these tests, users can then take remedial action to correct the problems. This includes downloading Comodo's free solutions such as its award winning Comodo Firewall Pro and Comodo Memory Guardian– a new solution that is effective at stopping 90%+ of buffer overflow attacks in both 32-bit and 64-bit environments.

"Users depend on the Internet more and more, and they need to know that the Internet can be trusted with their most personal and sensitive information." said Melih Abdulhayoglu, CEO and Chief Security Architect of Comodo. "It is important that we provide the tools for users to test their current security system along with solutions that allow them to protect themselves better. We offer these testing tools and our desktop security software for free because it is part of how we intend to create a trusted Internet where users and online organizations can interact securely and with reciprocal identity verification."

For more information, reporters and analysts may contact:

E-Mail: media-relations@comodo.com
Office: +1 (201) 963 0004 x 4000

About Test My PC Security

Test My PC Security is a firewall and HIPS software testing project maintained by and for the end user. We provide a centralized location from which users can download security testing software so they can determine just how well their product is protecting them. Secondly, the website is a platform for registered testers to publish the results of their tests on the product of their choice. See Our Mission for more details about the purpose and ambitions of this website. See Become A Registered Tester if you would like to contribute to this site by running then publishing your test results.

As sponsors of the project, Comodo provides infrastructure support such as hosting the website and the community discussion forum. Comodo has no influence over the results of individual tests and, other than purely hosting the forum/website, does not seek to control the test environment in any way. Comodo initiated the project to help make sure that end users will always have access to up-to-date data on how well their security products are protecting them - as well as a platform for them to learn about why these tests matter. The future and growth of the project, on the other hand, is entirely down to the efforts of the wider community.

About Comodo

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 E-Mail Certificates; award winning PC security software;  vulnerability scanning services for PCI Compliance; secure e-mail and fax services

For additional information on Comodo - Creating Trust Online™ visit http://www.comodo.com/

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