Monday, September 18, 2006

“WebSitter” for secure Internet surfing

Avira WebProtector protects against malicious and unwanted web contents

Tettnang, 18 September 2006 – Not all pages in the World Wide Web are intended for the eyes of children and teenagers. The balancing act of making pedagogically valuable contents accessible and at the same time prohibiting Internet sites with erotic, indecent, commercial or violent content is hardly possible without technical support. This applies equally to unwanted programs, music downloads and swapsites. Avira, the producer of the well-known virus protection software AntiVir, provides a solution to this with the unique control software WebProtector.

Avira WebProtector filters out unwanted and illegal Internet sites according to individual requirements. The technologically refined security solution is particularly suitable for use in private households and in public institutions such as schools and universities, as its filter capacity is enormous. With approximately 70 million entries, based on an analysis of around six billion Internet pages, WebProtector works with one of the most efficient URL filter lists worldwide. Using a special “Weblearn Function”, these filter lists are updated, adapted and extended daily. Internet contents of websites are categorized into content groups, which can be specifically blocked. WebProtector is not restricted to English key words as is usual but also reliably blocks German and European websites.

Access prohibited: this also applies to the computer access among young surfers. The RBCD technology patented by Avira prevents unauthorized circumvention or even deletion of the security software. Whether it is set by the father of a family or by a system administrator – once the filter setting of the WebProtector is configured, this is the only person who can change it again.

In order for children and young people to be able to use a computer unsupervised, user-specific surfing profiles for up to 1,000 users can be created with Avira WebProtector. Depending on age, gender or interests, certain rights and certain times for Internet use can be defined for the users. Surfing at school, for example, can thus be restricted to break times or at home to weekends. Data downloads can also be wholly or partly blocked so that, for example, music or video downloads and swapsites are taboo. With the aid of a monitoring tool and a report file, parents, teachers or IT administrators have full control and an overview of the protected system at all times.

“Children and young people frequently spend a lot of time in front of the computer and sometimes even know more than adults. For this reason, some are quickly able to get round corresponding control mechanisms. It is therefore particularly difficult for working or very busy parents to control the Internet use of their children during the day”, acknowledges Gernot Hacker, vice president and security expert at Avira. "WebProtector handles this task and can be quickly and easily installed even by technically inexperienced users. Due to the individually configurable, tamper-proof filter functions, parents can allow their children protected Internet use with a clear conscience.”

Avira WebProtector supports all conventional browsers and works independently of the Internet provider. The software is now available from authorized Avira dealers for EUR 49.95 (recommended retail price) and can also be obtained from the online shop of Avira at http://www.avira.com/en/onlineshop/index.html

About Avira

Avira is a worldwide leading supplier of self-developed security solutions for professional and private use. With more than twenty years of experience, the company is one of the pioneers in this field.

The security expert has several locations in Germany and partnerships in Europe, Asia and America. At its headquarters in Tettnang near Lake Constance, Avira is one of the region’s largest employers with more than 180 employees. Worldwide more than 250 persons are employed and their work regularly wins awards. Avira AntiVir Personal, used by millions of private users, represents a significant contribution to security.

Avira’s national and international customers include renowned corporations listed on the stock exchange but also educational institutions and public authorities. In addition to protection of the virtual environment, Avira also provides for more protection and security in the real world by supporting the Auerbach Foundation. Established by the founder of the company, the Auerbach Foundation promotes charitable and social projects as well as the arts, culture and science.

Company Contact:

Avira
Adela Kohl/Gernot Hacker
Lindauer Str. 21
D-88069 Tettnang
Telefon: +49 (0) 7542-500 0
Telefax: +49 (0) 7542-525 10
Email: press@avira.com  

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LEWIS Global PR
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Email: antivir@lewispr.com  

About Avira

Avira protects people in the connected world – enabling everyone to manage, secure, and improve their digital lives. The Avira umbrella covers a portfolio of security and performance applications for Windows, Android, Mac, and iOS. In addition, the reach of our protective technologies extends through OEM partnerships. Our security solutions consistently achieve best-in-class results in independent tests for detection, performance, and usability. Avira is a privately-owned company that employs 500 people. Its headquarters are near Lake Constance, in Tettnang, Germany, and the company has additional offices in Romania, India, Singapore, China, Japan & the United States. A portion of Avira's sales support the Auerbach Foundation, which assists education, children, and families in need. For more information about Avira visit www.avira.com.