Check Point looks to add browser protection

Check Point has plans to develop an enterprise edition of a new browser sandbox that protects computers from Internet-borne attacks.

Check Point has plans to develop an enterprise edition of a new browser sandbox that protects computers from Internet-borne attacks.

Dubbed ZoneAlarm ForceField, the software was created for individual consumers, but the company says that a manageable version for businesses will come along within two years.

The software creates a virtual browser - not a full virtual machine - on a desktop or laptop between the operating system and the actual browser. During sessions of this virtual browser, any exploits carried out against it are buffered from the rest of the computer. When the session closes, anything gathered during the session is flushed, Check Point says.

ForceField supports Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers on Windows XP or Vista machines only, and is compatible with other vendors' antivirus suites, Check Point says.

ForceField also includes active security including antiphishing, keylogger jamming and warning against downloads it deems dangerous. The software creates a toolbar button for private browser sessions that can block the saving of cookies and browser history.

The software is a 4MB download that requires no rebooting to install. It costs US$29.95.

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