Prodigy Communications Corp. Tuesday
took definitive steps toward increasing its digital subscriber line users
ability to thwart e-mail viruses and unauthorized intrusive attacks.
The national Internet service provider struck a deal with Zone Labs Inc. to provide its flagship
ZoneAlarm personal Internet security utility to Prodigy’s
Zone Labs is developing a pre-configured, downloadable version of its
proprietary security software for Prodigy members. Both companies plan to
extend their working relationship by rolling out managed security services
later this year.
Susan Sachatello, Prodigy Internet general manager, said its first major
ISP to take a pro-active approach toward providing broadband security
solutions and education for members.
“We take online security seriously and we have an opportunity with
ZoneAlarm to provide all our members with an easy, integrated, downloadable
solution,” Sachatello said. “DSL customers will have the solution bundled
directly with their service.”
At the end of the month current Prodigy dial-up and DSL subscribers can
download the ZoneAlarm-built Prodigy firewall for free. New subscribers to
Prodigy DSL will be provided with an automatic option for the firewall with
Prodigy and Zone Labs plan to produce an online security educational
program for consumers that will provide online facts and figures about
computer safety at their respective Web sites.
According to Current Analysis
Inc., one in 10 high-speed Internet users will experience an e-mail
virus or be victimized in a hacker attack.
Its research indicates that the longer a computer is online, the more
vulnerable it is to break in attempts. Because broadband’s primary benefit
is an “always-on” connection, subscribers using high-speed connections to
the Internet are at greater risk hat average Internet users, and are
subject to more frequent attack attempts on home systems.
Gregor Freund, Zone Labs president, said Internet users deserve peace of
mind about their Internet-connected personal computers.
“Important information is stored on those PCs,” Freund said. “Broadband
security will spur even greater growth in the residential broadband market,
and we’re happy to work together with Prodigy to make that a reality.”
Freund added that unlike other security utilities, ZoneAlarm makes Internet
security accessible for all types of users.
“ZoneAlarm automatically configures itself while it protects a user’s PC by
repelling attempted intrusions,” Freund said.
“By using ZoneAlarm, users take total control over how their computers use
the Internet making it virtually impossible for hackers to access their
personal and confidential information over the Internet without their