Monday, September 18, 2006

Access prohibited

Avira WebProtector protects against malicious and unwanted web contents

Tettnang, 18 September 2006 – surfing at work: those who land on the wrong website may very quickly be infected by nasty malware or access indecent, usually dubious contents. This can have negative consequences - for employees and for the company. Avira, Germany’s largest supplier of security solutions is now launching WebProtector, software that makes it possible to restrict and control Internet access in the company.

Avira WebProtector is a technologically refined security solution to filter out unwanted or illegal Internet contents. The software can be used both for professional and for private purposes and is based on one of the most efficient URL filter lists worldwide. This consists of approximately 70 million entries, for which approximately six billion Internet pages were analyzed. Avira WebProtector is daily updated with 50,000 new and altered websites. For this, all Internet contents are categorized into content groups and restructured, adapted and extended daily with the aid of a special ‘WebLearn Function’.

With Avira WebProtector it is possible to create surfing profiles for up to 1,000 users with user-specific rights and surfing times. It is thus possible, for example, to limit surfing in the company to the lunch break. Data downloads can also be partly or completely blocked. With the aid of a monitoring tool and a report file, IT administrators have an overview and full control of the system at all times.

The filter settings of WebProtector can only be configured and changed by IT administrators. This is ensured by the RBCD technology patented by Avira, which makes unauthorized deletion or circumvention of the security software impossible.
 
WebProtector concentrates in particular on German language or European websites and is not exclusively restricted to English language key words. The security software thus provides comprehensive protection and the efficiency of its filter function is not limited from the outset.

‘Companies wishing to protect themselves against malware and illegal website clicks of their employees have a quick and easy solution in WebProtector. The program is easy to install and protected against manipulation. Due to the individually configurable filter settings, employees are not bossed around but can continue to access sites that are important for them’, says Gernot Hacker, vice president and security expert at Avira.

Avira WebProtector supports all conventional browsers and works independently of the individual Internet provider. The software is now available from authorized Avira resellers 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  

Press contact:

Jacklin Montag
LEWIS Global PR
Baierbrunner Strasse 15
D-81379 München
Tel.: +49 (0) 89-17 30 19 19
Fax: +49 (0) 89 1730 19 99
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.