Jersey City, N.J. — Jan. 10
Comodo, a certification authority and global provider of security solutions, announced the latest version of Comodo Firewall Pro (v3.0) has again been awarded five stars out of five in a recent review by CNET's Download.com. In this review, Comodo Firewall Pro was, for the second time in a row, commended for, “providing a smorgasbord of information and options for advanced users, but simple enough for beginners. Don't be fooled by the name, either. Comodo is labeled Pro, but it offers up its dragon-sized treasure of features for free.”
This version follows the five-star rating Comodo previously received for the 2.4 version of the firewall in October 2007. In addition, user support continues to increase as the firewall received an “excellent” rating, getting a four-star user rating.
With this release, Comodo has moved away from traditional detection-based desktop security models to a radical new approach using a (proprietary) technology architecture platform called A-VSMART™. With A-VSMART™, short for “Anti-Virus, Spyware, Malware, Adware, Rootkits and Trojans,” prevention becomes the first line of defense by preventing viruses computer access and only allowing known, trusted applications to be installed. With prevention as the first line of defense, threats are mitigated because unknown applications, including malware, are denied execution rights by the firewall. If a virus cannot install or run, then it cannot do any damage.
This new architecture is a fundamental change in how PCs can remain virus free versus the traditional, detection-based security solutions that allow all applications access to the computer and then try to “detect” damaging files by recognizing the file's signature. The old model is flawed because the malware has to be already on a computer for the detection technology to work — giving the malware opportunity to do damage before it is detected and/or removed.
Further, this model leaves computers unprotected against Zero day attacks, which are attacks from viruses not recognized by security solutions. These files therefore have no trouble gaining access to users computers (until a patch is created and distributed which can often be days after the initial attack).
This CNET rating suggests that Comodo's vision to change desktop security to a best practices “prevention” model is market ready, leading edge for malware prevention, yet is industry accepted and user endorsed. In the past 45 days alone, installations of this firewall more than doubled, and tens of thousands of people are installing this solution every day.
CNET's high rating coincides with the recent PC Magazine's endorsement of this firewall as an Editor's Choice stating, “… this firewall is all things to all people. It can act as a simple personal firewall that handles only the basic functions. It can broaden its protection to many critical system areas. And a super-techie can tweak just about any part of it. Best of all, it's free!”