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HP to Include Privacy Software

January 30, 2002

NEW YORK (AP) _ Amid growing concerns about online privacy, Hewlett-Packard Co. will preinstall privacy-protection software in its Pavilion personal computers sold in North America.

With the free software, users will be able to control and block cookies sometimes used by Web sites to track surfing habits. They will also be able to activate a feature that scans outgoing Internet traffic for credit card numbers and other private information that might be sent unknowingly.

Other features include an ad blocker and a password manager.

The features are part of the Freedom security and privacy package from Zero-Knowledge Systems Inc.

Users will have the option of purchasing additional features, including anti-virus protection and a personal firewall to guard against hacking.

``Protecting our customers’ security and privacy is an important concern for HP,″ said Lucas Leonardi, product manager for HP’s Home Products Division.

The Freedom package normally sells for $49.95 a year, with individual components going for $24.95 or $29.95. Pavilion users get the full package for about $37.50, or the components for $20 or $24.

The components being offered free are normally not sold separately by Zero-Knowledge.

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