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Netscape Goes International with Strong-Encryption Browser

Capitalizing on a recent ruling on encryption regulations, Netscape Communications said Monday that international users of its Communicator 4.7 client software can now benefit from enhanced security for online shopping, banking, trading and e-mail.

Netscape expressed its support for the U.S. Department of Commerce's newly released encryption regulations that enable the worldwide distribution of high-grade encryption and extended its offer of high-grade (128-bit) encryption browsers to international clients in 23 languages. Netscape Communicator is available worldwide with high-grade encryption in the following 23 languages: U.S. English, UK English, French, German, Japanese, Danish, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Russian, Polish, Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Turkish and Slovenian.

Previously, due to encryption export restrictions, customers were limited to low- and medium-grade encryption browser software outside of North America. Now, customers can use high-grade encryption browsers, making online shopping and banking a safer experience. Users can download the latest high-grade encryption non-U.S. English browsers for free here.

"Netscape has continuously provided its users with the highest level of encryption allowed under law. We're delighted to be able to now offer enhanced security, promoting secure global communications and fueling the growth of electronic commerce on the Internet internationally," said Jim Martin, senior vice president and general manager of Netscape Netcenter.

Netscape is a subsidiary of America Online, who Monday opened a new software and technology development site in Dublin.