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Outpost Pro 2.1 Makes Security Even Easier

St. Petersburg, Russia – February 17, 2004 - Agnitum announces the release of Outpost Firewall Pro 2.1, the latest upgrade to the award-winning security program. Along with enhanced speed and performance, Agnitum has expanded the interactivity of Outpost Pro, increased user control over filtering rules, and added more areas of customization.

All levels of users, from novices to IT professionals, benefit from the security offered in Outpost Pro, and the enhancements in the new version are immediately apparent. Agnitum has even simplified the process of upgrading. Users who upgrade from earlier versions will get seamless migration with the Agnitum Update Tool: you simply open a menu and click a button to upgrade for better protection.

Novice users will appreciate the easy installation and operation of Outpost 2.1. Advanced features are hidden, so novice users can sit back and watch as the program configures itself during installation. Because Outpost applies default settings to start protecting right when you install the software, novice users can be confident that their systems are safe and secure without having to spend much time learning a new program.

Enhancements to the user interface also make the program operate more easily and intuitively. Although Outpost has always protected you even before installation, it did that job silently in earlier versions. Almost no warnings, no message boxes—you might learn about an averted attack later—when browsing log files. With the upgrade to version 2.1, Outpost Pro users get feedback from the program—that means more interaction and information in the new version. Visual alerts inform you about events that need your immediate attention, so you can provide an appropriate and timely response. Also, automatic news and plug-in announcements keep you tuned in to the latest security news and updates from Agnitum.

Advanced and Pro users also get improved features with the new release of Outpost Pro: expert users now have more control over the Outpost environment. You can create custom rules, which you can use to fine-tune the protection you want from Outpost.

Outpost Pro has already garnered recognition and awards for its unparalleled level of security. In version 2.1, users get improved Active Content Filtering, where you can individually configure the treatment of interactive content for specific sites. Today most Web sites use active objects (Java, Active X, VB scripts, etc.) to make pages more interactive and easy to navigate. But such objects can be used maliciously to attack visitors or violate their privacy. So when your browser loads the page with such objects you can fall victim to malicious code. Outpost’s Active Content Filtering plug-in protects against all potentially dangerous active content on Web pages, like ActiveX, Java Applets, Java and VB Scripts. It also blocks privacy-related objects like Cookies and Referrers (Web history). In version 2.1 you can block a broader range of active elements including Flash animations, Hidden Frames, External Active Content, Scripting Active X and even Animated GIFs.

Security and privacy protection has also been greatly improved, making your Web surfing safer than ever. In version 2.1, improved Ad Blocking gives you more convenient treatment of banner ads and supports personalized settings for specific sites. Banners and other unsolicited advertisements on most Web pages are annoying and consume extra network traffic, which results in decreased surfing enjoyment. Version 2.1 can replace banner ads with transparent images and so the ads are completely removed from your view. However sometimes banners may contain information that you would like to view. For example, your favorite online store, library or search engine may show advertisements that interest you. The plug-in for version 2.1 supports an exclusions list where you can add sites where you don’t want ads blocked.

Finally, the optimized code of Outpost 2.1 consumes less power and memory, which gives your computer better and faster performance. So you can be sure your system will work more efficiently than before the upgrade.

Outpost Firewall Pro 2.1 costs $39.95 (U.S) and runs under Windows 98/Me/ NT4/2000/XP. You can purchase the program securely online, or download an evaluation copy from the Agnitum Web site at http://www.agnitum.com/.

For more information, contact info@agnitum.com.

About Agnitum

Agnitum is a leader in security and privacy software for home and office computers. The company’s products provide a superior arsenal of defense against PC infiltration by denying unauthorized access by remote hackers and protecting against data theft, denial-of-service attacks, privacy violation, Trojan horses, spyware and more. Four major criteria define Agnitum software: security, control, privacy and ease of use. The effectiveness of Agnitum software has been recognized by independent security experts and by international media awards.

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