Did you know that COMODO Internet Security has its own protocol handlers that allow you to perform certain tasks from a web page?
This includes tasks like opening a web page from a sandboxed browser, or starting a virus database update etc.
CIS 2013 supports several protocol handlers listed below. If you want to try them, you can install CIS 2013 free. Just go to: http://www.comodo.com/home/internet-security/free-internet-security.php
1 – safe://
This protocol is used to open any URL with a sandboxed browser.
For example: Try safe://www.google.com
The URL will be open in a sandboxed browser. Note the green border:
2 – kiosk://
Like the previous one, opens the URL from COMODO Virtual Kiosk.
E.g. try kiosk://www.google.com
URL will display in a browser from the kiosk:
3 – comodo://antivirus.Update
This command can be used in a hyperlink to antivirus database update.
E.g. Update your virus database now! Link to comodo://antivirus.Update
Update should start if you clicked example above.
4 – comodo://antivirus.Scan?predefined=quick : this command starts a quick scan.
E.g. Scan your computer now! Link to comodo://antivirus.Scan?predefined=quick
You should see quick scanning started if you clicked on the link above:
We use these protocol handlers while dealing with our customers. Especially when we want them to scan their computers or update their databases through email.
Last week there was a lot of buzz about the new Chromebook Pixel released by Google. If you haven’t heard of a Chromebook before, it is a netbook running Google’s Chrome OS, purely designed to run web applications from Chrome Web Store e.g. Google Calendar, Gmail Offline etc. Microsoft has its Surface, Apple has its MacBook and Google now has its Chromebook.
Here is a link to Google’s Chrome product page for more information http://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/devices/.
Would you like to give it a try?
No I am not going to talk about running the Chrome OS in VMware!
Did you know that if you install COMODO Internet Security 2013, you can get a virtual Chromebook that brings a rich web application ecosystem into your computer with an elegant user experience?
The new “Virtual Kiosk” in 2013 edition is a virtual computer inside your computer. It is loaded with a lot of features making it “a virtual Chromebook + more“.
App Market allows users to install new apps
As soon as the Kiosk starts, it welcomes the user with an elegant, touch friendly shell and preinstalled apps such as Angry Birds, Evernote, Gmail etc. There is also an App Market that allows the user to choose new apps from the thousands of apps in Google’s Chrome Web Store.
Unlike the Chromebook, the Virtual Kiosk can also run legacy Windows applications such as Microsoft Word or Internet Explorer providing a superior experience.
Installing a app is a simple matter of opening the app market and choosing the app. Done!
It will appear instantly on your Desktop.
It is really simple to use. Just go ahead and try.
The latest version is available free, after all, from http://www.comodo.com/home/internet-security/free-internet-security.php
Why else would you use the Virtual Kiosk for? Here are just a few ideas:
- Secure online banking: Virtual Kiosk prevents key loggers from sniffing your keyboard activity when you go to the banking sites. By using its virtual keyboard, you are protected even against hardware based key loggers!
- Secure Surfing: Whatever runs in Kiosk, stays in Kiosk! That’s right, even if you are accidentally infected by a virus, it is not going to affect your computer. It cannot do any damage outside the Kiosk!
- Locking down your computer: You can force users of your computer to use the Kiosk environment if they need to use your computer.For example, you can allow the kids to do whatever they want in Kiosk without changing anything in your PC.
- A new user experience: Ever wanted to use Windows like an iPad? The touch friendly Kiosk makes that possible.
Producing a major software upgrade is a lot like producing a Broadway show. You write it, practice in the test lab, then take it “off Broadway” in a beta test where you can get the feedback of a live audience. When you have all of the kinks worked out you make your big debut.
Like a Broadway show the critics will have their say. Now, we produced Comodo Internet Security 2013 (v6) for computer users everywhere and we know that you just can’t please everyone.
Then again, based on the reviews so far, maybe we can.
Since the official release of our new version we have been gratified by excellent reviews from some of the most respected and widely read resources in technology.
As of January 18, Matousec ranked us number 1 in their Internet Security Challenge, which compares 38 Windows Security Suites. Comodo was the only suite to receive a protection rating of “Excellent” and only one of three products that Matousec rated as “Recommended”.
Last week, Comodo Internet Security Complete earned the PCMag Editor’s Choice award. They gave the suite 4.5 of 5 stars and a rating of Excellent. Writing for the magazine, Neil J. Reubenking concluded “The biggest win for Comodo Internet Security Complete 2013 isn’t in features, but in support. The GeekBuddy service fixes any problem, security or otherwise, using remote assistance. A Virus-Free Guarantee reimburses you for damage if malware gets past Comodo; you can also get reimbursed for expenses related to identity theft. Add a GeekBuddy-powered tuneup tool and an unusually powerful backup utility and you’ve got a winner. “
In a January 9, 2013 review, Techworld.com awarded Comodo Internet Security Pro 2013 4 of 5 stars. They concluded “Cloud-based scanning and behavior analysis joins a suite of top-notch security tools, designed to keep your PC secure. Recommended.”
In a January 9, 2013 review of Comodo Internet Security Pro 2013, Mike Williams of BetaNews.com concluded “the average user will appreciate its largely automatic operation, though, while experts enjoy the powerful tools and extreme configurability.” He was particularly impressed with the bundling of the firewall, killswitch and Geek Buddy.
When a show is a hit there is often a sequel. In our case, you can bank on it.
That’s because while the threats to internet security keep increasing, the technology that we have available to combat those threats is improving rapidly. The Comodo team knows that a safer internet requires continuous improvement and innovation.
That’s why you can bank on Comodo for the best in Internet Security, which also offers Free Internet Security software.
It was with great pride last week that we learned that Comodo Internet Security is once again at the top of the charts in the Matousec Proactive Security Challenge 64.
As of January 18, 2013, the independent tester of security software ranked Comodo Internet Security 2013 Premium (v6) number 1 in tests of 38 internet security suite. Moreover, Comodo was the only suite to receive a rating of “Excellent” and only one of three products that Matousec rated as “Recommended”!
Last Saturday, I was surprised to see a news story that Homeland Security is recommending that all desktop users disable Java. We just went through this last August with Oracle and Java! I even checked the article dates to make sure they weren’t posted in error.
Sure enough, zero-day exploit vulnerabilities have been identified in compromised Java web sites. Oracle has rushed out a patch to deal with these problems, one of which is a bug that some analysts feel should have been fixed when the August exploits were revealed.
As the great Yogi Berra would say, “It’s Déjà vu all over again!”