180SOLUTIONS WITHDRAWS LAWSUIT AGAINST ZONE LABS
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - January 30, 2006 - Zone Labs®, a Check Point company (Nasdaq: CHKP), today announced that online advertising software purveyor 180Solutions has voluntarily dismissed a lawsuit filed in November 2005 against the Internet security company.
The suit sought to force Zone Labs to alter the way its ZoneAlarm software labeled technologies utilized by the Zango and 180Search Assistant programs. 180Solutions did not offer any reason for dismissing the suit in paperwork filed to the court, and there was no negotiated settlement. No changes were made to ZoneAlarmís software, its log ranking of the Global Windows Hook or the OSFirewall alert language as a result of the suit or specifically with regards to 180Solutions software.
"From the inception of the suit, we believed it had no merit," said John Slavitt, general counsel for Check Point Software Technologies, parent company of Zone Labs. "ZoneAlarm alerts are triggered by the behavior of a program, not its name. If the 180Solutions software exhibits suspicious behavior, we alert our customers accordingly. We did not make any concessions or reach a settlement after the suit was filed."
For example, if a customer downloads the 180Solutionsí Zango program today, the following ZoneAlarm alert is shown to the user: "Zango is attempting to monitor user activities on your computer. If allowed it may try to track or log keystrokes (user input), mouse movements/clicks, Web sites visited, and other user behaviors."
"Our customers rely on ZoneAlarm to protect them while they innocently surf the Internet," said Laura Yecies, general manager of Zone Labs and vice president of Check Point. "Ultimately, all consumers must be able to choose what to allow on their PC and to understand the intent of the program. Zone Labs remains committed to innovating proactive protection to advance the safety of all consumers online."
Over 35 million Internet users have downloaded the original ZoneAlarm firewall and its premium versions since the companyís launch in 1998. The ZoneAlarm product family includes the ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite (for all-in-one protection including anti-spyware, antivirus, antispam, IM protection and more), ZoneAlarm Pro (a firewall for users seeking advanced functionality), ZoneAlarm Antivirus, and ZoneAlarm Anti-Spyware. ZoneAlarm Internet security solutions have received the industryís highest accolades; and with the release of the vanguard OSFirewall feature last July, the company remains at the forefront of proactive innovation.
Copies of the original filing and the dismissal are available upon request.
About Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (www.checkpoint.com) is a leader in securing the Internet. It is a market leader in the worldwide enterprise firewall, personal firewall and VPN markets. Through its NGX platform, the company delivers a unified security architecture for a broad range of perimeter, internal, Web, and endpoint security solutions that protect business communications and resources for corporate networks and applications, remote employees, branch offices and partner extranets. The company's ZoneAlarm product line is the highest rated personal computer security suite, comprised of award-winning endpoint security solutions that protect millions of PCs from hackers, spyware and data theft.
Extending the power of the Check Point solution is its Open Platform for Security (OPSEC), the industry's framework and alliance for integration and interoperability with "best-of-breed" solutions from over 350 leading companies. Check Point solutions are sold, integrated and serviced by a network of more than 2,200 Check Point partners in 88 countries and its customers include 100% of Fortune 100 companies and tens of thousands of businesses and organizations of all sizes.
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