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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Agnitum Posts Release Candidate for Outpost Firewall Pro 4.0

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The computer security experts at Agnitum Ltd. this week posted the release candidate for Outpost Firewall Pro 4.0.

The release candidate is a major milestone on the path to shipping the new version of Outpost, award-winning software that provides home, small-office and mobile corporate users with powerful protection against spyware, keyloggers, Trojans, hackers, identity theft, rootkits, wireless network hijacking, and other Internet-borne attacks.

The software is largely complete, and the preview gives users outside Agnitum a chance to test, experiment and provide feedback to the company.

Outpost Firewall Pro 4.0 delivers protection with a range of new and improved tools, including support for 64-bit operating systems and:

  • Strengthened anti-leak functionality, preventing all known methods for stealing information from a user’s PC by Trojans, spyware and adware that exploit operating system holes. With version 4, users may customize permissions and restrictions on outbound data transfers by any application attempting to gain control of another, attempting to launch a browser, or attempting to use the memory space of a trusted application.
  • Spyware protection now blocks all known malicious applications. Additional protection against unknown malicious applications has been added with the forced scanning of all applications before they are permitted to execute. To do this, Outpost simulates execution of the program in a closed ‘sandbox’ and tests it for legitimacy before permitting or blocking its actual execution. System performance is unaffected.
  • ImproveNet is enhanced. The community that brings Outpost users and Agnitum security experts together to share configurations now automatically distributes verified rules to protect against the latest threats. Version 4 adds a new set of rules to govern local application interactions on the user’s PC, giving a greater level of control over local processes that prevent hijacking of legitimate applications.
  • Improved usability. Version 4 introduces a new “Entertainment Mode” for users playing online games, watching movies or engaging in other activities on the PC that they don’t want interrupted. This mode suppresses Outpost prompts – and access decisions are made automatically in the background. Advanced users may also apply macro definitions to customize adaptive firewall rules.
  • Self-protection technology prevents Outpost from being deactivated by viruses, Trojans or spyware, even through the simulation of keystrokes that would cause the firewall to be shut down. Outpost continuously monitors its own files on the hard drive, as well as registry entries, memory status and running services, and blocks any attempted changes by malicious applications.

Strengthened anti-leak functionality
Users may download the Outpost Firewall Pro release candidate software from here.

Outpost Firewall Pro 4.0 Release Candidate download is a 30-day trial version and can be registered using the license key from your existing installed version of Outpost. You can also puchase a license for the currentl version 3.51 and use the registration key for the 4.0 release candidate.

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