February 22, 2005
Press release

Acronis Privacy Expert Suite 8.0 delivers the most effective anti-spyware solution

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF., February 22, 2005 — Acronis, Inc., the technological leader in storage management solutions, announced major upgrades with the release of Acronis Privacy Expert Suite 8.0. The new version, which begins shipping ___, includes the proactive real time anti-spyware protection; ability to scan selected folders or disks; the ability to prevent a hidden program on a computer to log the user's key strokes; and automatic updates.

"Identity theft and financial fraud are becoming epidemic", wrote Avivah Litan, vice president and research director in Gartner Research, and Ray Wagner, research vice president in the Gartner Information Security Strategies group, in a 2004 report entitled "The Growing Threat of Online Attacks on Consumers". Although these kinds of crimes have been around for ages, the Internet has provided criminals with a wide variety of new, online methods for swindling unsuspecting victims.

Gartner, in fact, has produced several reports recently on user's online security. "It isn't only phishing that endangers online consumer security. Malicious software can download programs that enable criminals to record the keystrokes on user's computers", Litan, Wagner, and Richard Stiennon wrote in a report entitled "Emerging Solutions Prevent Keyboard Logging Attacks" that examined methods for reducing the effect of keyboard loggers.

"Spyware is among the most destructive applications that can be introduced to a system", said Max Tsypliaev, CEO of Acronis. "Having a proactive method of defeating it before it damages a user's system is a most effective way of protecting your personal information".

"Additionally, providing users with a value add security tools like file Shredder, Drive Cleanser, Internet Cleanup, System Cleanup, Applications Traces Cleanup, Pop-up Blocker, and Paging File Cleaner, makes Acronis Privacy Expert Suite the most comprehensive and must have Internet and system security solution."

"Last year, PC Magazine saw fit to honor Acronis Privacy Expert Suite 7.0 with its Editor's Choice Award", said Stephen Lawton, Acronis director of marketing. "This year we've improved many of the program's key features and added several new capabilities, further ensuring that user information remains private. With the addition of proactive monitoring and shielding of key system resources, plus the ability to shred files individually or in bulk, Acronis Privacy Expert Suite 8.0 now becomes the leading anti-spyware solution on the market and has the entire toolbox to complement your antivirus and firewall software."

About Acronis:

Acronis is a global cyber protection company that provides natively integrated cybersecurity, data protection, and endpoint management for managed service providers (MSPs), small and medium businesses (SMBs), and enterprise IT departments. Acronis solutions are highly efficient and designed to identify, prevent, detect, respond, remediate, and recover from modern cyberthreats with minimal downtime, ensuring data integrity and business continuity. Acronis offers the most comprehensive security solution on the market for MSPs with its unique ability to meet the needs of diverse and distributed IT environments.

A Swiss company founded in Singapore in 2003, Acronis has 45 locations across the globe. Acronis Cyber Protect is available in 26 languages in 150 countries and is used by over 20,000 service providers to protect over 750,000 businesses. Learn more at www.acronis.com.
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