I recently wrote about new positions and Foolish IT expansion, and just before that upcoming CryptoPrevent releases and new designs for our flagship software d7II.
I have several important CryptoPrevent related announcements after this, but first I would like quote myself from one of these recent posts:
CryptoPrevent was created in late 2013, on suggestion from an existing d7 customer, in order to help his customers shortly after the outbreak of the original CryptoLocker. It was quickly developed and soon released to the public, with the intention of protecting as many people as possible from this new and dangerous threat. It should also be stressed that the tool’s protection functionality has always been free of charge, so that increased its user base very quickly. Soon after release, its effectiveness won the attention of some major media outlets where it received quite a bit of attention; this is a trend that continues to this day.
Fast forward to the present, where new Crypto-related ransomware is coming out with increasing frequency. Every time a new threat emerges an article is written where CryptoPrevent is mentioned (with links to our website) either in the article itself or within the comments. As a result people flock to the download links, and we can’t estimate the sheer number of downloads from all the 3rd party download sites (both major and minor) and their mirrors, much less our website where the counters have been reset numerous times between server migrations and plugin changes.
While we don’t have the numbers, the truth is that a LOT of people put faith in CryptoPrevent, and yes it is significantly more than our paid d7II subscribers. These people are seeking a solution and they believe in our product, so it is IMPERATIVE that we maintain software updates for CryptoPrevent, to keep it relevant against these emerging threats.
In short, we feel that maintaining updates to CryptoPrevent is an important responsibility that cannot be taken lightly, and as a result when we get a good tip on a new prevention idea or technique, we feel obligated to get that update out to the users as quickly as possible. This is actually a frequent scenario for two reasons: 1. our media exposure, which occasionally lands us in sight of independent security researchers looking to pass along a new solution to as many people as possible. Reason 2. is our massive customer base of great PC technicians, mostly d7II subscribers who frequently contribute ideas and solutions to the d7II project, and either directly or by proxy, also contribute to projects like CryptoPrevent! Your feedback and support actually provide concepts and code advancements which are used in all of our software, not just d7II! So yes, you are extremely important!
I wanted to quote that to highlight the need for this. Recently we have expanded our family to bring CryptoPrevent a dedicated development team, rather than sharing development time with our flagship PC repair software, d7II.
As the CEO of Foolish IT and sole developer until this point, I am very excited to have some new and talented help! This allows me to focus my energies on new research, ideas, and writing new code for both products, while being supported by an energetic team to focus on keeping the software operating smoothly, providing updates, and making the user experience the best it can be. Cutting to the chase, here’s the big news:
Foolish IT will be introducing a new low cost subscription based edition of CryptoPrevent. Customers of the existing Premium Edition will continue to enjoy all of the benefits and features they are used to, with additional benefit from the continued software updates provided by our new development team.
Finally, users of the Free Edition will continue to enjoy the same comprehensive protections of the newer releases, from which ALL editions benefit.
We strongly believe that the core malware prevention features, which are a vital complement to existing anti-virus software protection, should remain FREE to all who desire an extra layer of security.