Security vendor Check Point has announced the launch of its ZoneAlarm 6.5 line of internet security solutions, which includes features geared especially for gamers.
Gamers often turn off security software to eliminate disk usage while playing because security tools are notoriously resource hungry. To address this the latest Zone Alarm software now includes a Game Mode.
"With the rise in popularity of internet-based games, customers have been requesting a way to quiet firewall alerts and postpone antivirus/anti-spyware scans in order to prevent disruption in the middle of a game," said Laura Yecies, vice president and general manager of Check Point's consumer and small business division.
"But the worst thing a gamer can do is turn off their security while playing a game online because it takes only eight seconds for a hacker to find an unprotected PC on the internet."
ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 6.5 addresses the three most common forms of identity theft facing consumers: PC attacks such as viruses, keyloggers and other forms of spyware; sophisticated internet hacking of major corporations storing customer data; and traditional real-world identity theft such as 'dumpster diving'.
"Internet security is no longer about protecting your PC, it's about protecting you," said Yecies.
"Identity theft is a real-world danger that has mushroomed with the proliferation of the internet, but repairing the damage to your finances and credit is not as easy as cleaning your hard drive."
ZoneAlarm's Identity Theft Protection claims to defend consumers through an "innovative combination" of new technologies, easy access to online tools and consumer education.
Users receive an alert if their credit card number appears on the internet's black market or other black lists, and can opt-out of the pre-approved credit offers that are a major source of real-world identity theft. Users also have access to a credit counseling service.
Customers may also visit the new ZoneAlarm Identity Protection Centre, a website full of educational tips and links to government and industry resources directly from the ZoneAlarm user interface.
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