Freedom Privacy & Security Tools 3.0 Released


-New Software boasts advanced Personal Firewall features and Windows XP support –

Montreal–October 4, 2001– Zero-Knowledge® Systems, a leading provider of security and privacy software and services, today announced the release of Freedom® Privacy & Security Tools 3.0, the most intuitive and user-friendly software package for online security and online privacy protection. Freedom Privacy & Security Tools is a powerful Personal Firewall plus a flexible suite of applications that enables consumers to secure their PC against malicious hackers and security threats, while protecting their privacy and personal information on the Internet.

Freedom Privacy & Security Tools 3.0 has earned the “Designed for Windows XP” logo from Microsoft, assuring consumers that it has passed a rigorous set of certification requirements and provides an optimal experience for users of the newest Microsoft operating system. Freedom is compatible with Windows 98, 2000 and Me and can now be used with SSL, the widely used method of securing online transactions.

Fully redesigned, Freedom Privacy & Security Tools 3.0 includes an all-new Personal Firewall that is easier and more intuitive than ever and allows users to access more detailed information about attempted intrusions to their computers. Other features include a Form Filler/Password Manager, Cookie Manager, Ad Manager and Keyword Alert. The software also includes simplified installation and setup and a new privacy and security protection guide. Streamlined into Freedom’s new and improved user interface, these features enable Internet users to protect their PC against malicious code, Trojan applications and hackers, control their personal information, and manage cookies, while simplifying their Internet experience.

Freedom Privacy & Security Tools 3.0 Features

* Personal Firewall

Essential for all Internet users, especially those with Cable or DSL high-speed connections, the Personal Firewall provides protection against intruders, identity thieves and cyber-vandals. It also prevents hackers from gaining unauthorized access to the PC and alerts the user when they try.

* Form Filler / Password Manager

Allows users to store and encrypt login information and passwords, register at Web sites and fill out online forms instantly with one quick click. The Form Filler can even generate random data for sites and forms where users prefer not to use their personal information. All personal information is stored on the user’s hard drive in encrypted format, keeping it safe from unauthorized viewing.

* Cookie Manager

Keeps users’ Web browsing habits private by allowing them to control what cookies they receive. Can also erase the digital footprints left behind after surfing the Internet by deleting unwanted cookies in one easy step.

* Ad Manager

Speeds up the Web browsing experience, eliminates distractions and unwanted banner ads, and prevents activity-tracking cookies and “Web bugs” from being dropped onto the PC.

* Keyword Alert

Scans outbound communications for sensitive and private information and ensures that personal data including name, home address and credit card information are never transmitted to the Web without user permission.

Hamnett Hill, Executive Vice President at Zero-Knowledge Systems, said: “Freedom Privacy & Security Tools 3.0 delivers the online protection that Internet users want in an easy and intuitive experience. With an industry-leading firewall and other key security and privacy features, Freedom 3.0 lets users enjoy the Internet while protecting their computers and personal information from hackers and other online threats.”

Freedom Privacy & Security Tools 3.0 replaces previous versions of Freedom software, including Freedom Standard Features 2.2 and Freedom Premium Services 2.2. Among other accolades, previous versions have been called “Most Promising Internet Newcomer” by PC World and “the Rolls-Royce of privacy software” by Yahoo! Internet Life; received a 5/5 editor’s rating from PC Magazine; and Zero-Knowledge’s Customer Support group received a 10/10 rating for technical support from ZDNet.

Availability and Pricing

Freedom Privacy & Security Tools 3.0 for Windows 98, 2000, Me and XP is available immediately and may be purchased for US $49.95 at

About Zero-Knowledge Systems, Inc.

Zero-Knowledge® Systems ( is a leading provider of security and privacy software and services. Zero-Knowledge equips Global 2000 organizations with the software and expertise to manage the security and privacy of corporate and customer information assets, build brand around consumer trust, and lower the cost of complying with global privacy regulations and industry standards. Headquartered in Montreal with offices in San Francisco, California, the company’s suite of products includes the Privacy Rights Management Center for secure and private management of customer and corporate data within organizations, and Freedom Privacy & Security Tools for personal privacy and security online. Journalists can visit the pressroom at

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