World heads to base

Auckland couple Dave and Margaret Waterson look set to cash in on their PrivateBase virus-blocking software, which they say has attracted worldwide interest.

Auckland couple Dave and Margaret Waterson look set to cash in on their PrivateBase virus-blocking software, which they say has attracted worldwide interest.

Their 18-month-old company, Ripple Effects, developed PrivateBase over four months and released it a month ago.

Initially the product was a offered as a free download, but by the end of the month charges will be introduced ranging from $19.95 a copy for one download to $9.95 a copy for more than 1000 users.

Dave Waterson says thousands of downloads from 25 countries, as diverse as Bolivia, Vietnam, Peru and the Marshall Islands, have been made from the website. He claims they include requests for quotes from large corporations, including a major New Zealand insurance company and the University of Pittsburgh wanting to use the software on 3000 of its PCs.

By year end Waterson expects to earn "tens of thousands" from the software.

The Windows-based PrivateBase works by taking the address book from the email program, encrypting its contents and hiding them from viruses. Without the address book, the intruders cannot multiply themselves. A Macintosh and Palm version is promised.

Despite earlier claims PrivateBase might harm large anti-virus software providers by curbing the spread of viruses, Waterson now recommends Private Base be used with existing products. The product does not stop viruses entering the computer.

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