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Launch Of New Weapon In Fight Against Paedophiles

A British company's security device for home computers is being heralded as the ultimate weapon in helping to keep children safe from paedophiles on the Internet.

XGate - a security device from Manchester-based, market leading security company Global Security One (GSEC1) - addresses this issue. The pioneering power of the XGate is immediate for all to see: the ability to instantly oversee and control a child's online activity in a chatroom from a mobile phone can offer parents total peace of mind. Parents have the capability to monitor their child's conversations or, where required, block access to the chatroom and even shut down the PC via their mobile phone.

"The ability to be in control of a child's Internet activities from the office, supermarket or even in another room in the house, provides parents with the confidence that their children can be kept safe from paedophiles who prowl the Internet," explains Mark Brooks, International Technology Marketing Manager of GSEC1.

Unlike traditional security solutions for home PC users, XGate is not a piece of software that sits on the PC and slows it down. It is a device which plugs into the PC and includes an ADSL modem, enabling the user to safely browse the Internet as fast the connection allows.

The XGate retails at £99.95 and is available via Amazon while visitors to can find details of other outlets.

Key benefits of this approach include:

- It is a unified approach to home Internet security so doing away with the need for the user to buy disparate pieces of software or worry about integration, compatibility and licensing issues.

- A single XGate meets all home broadband Internet security needs and allows up to 4 computers to be connected

- A single renewal relieve the user from tracking multiple software subscriptions

- It's a stand alone device which stops threats before they reach the computer. Unlike conventional security software which will only identify threats when they have actually infiltrated the computer system.

Michele Elliott of Kidscape says: "Parents are right to be concerned that paedophiles are using the Internet to groom children. The XGate offers protection for children and gives parents a way to monitor or shut down activity that could be dangerous. We want children to be able to use the Internet safely and so we welcome this new technology."

There is no other device in the world today able to offer such peace of mind to a parent. XGate uses sophisticated technology developed after extensive research into paedophile behaviour. It is equipped with proprietary algorithms and databases enabling it to monitor paedophile grooming languages.

Mark Brooks continues: "The fact that I have a four year old son makes me particularly sensitive to the threat posed by paedophiles who stalk the Internet to groom unsuspecting children. I am proud to be able to say that I have been involved in the XGate project which will save children's lives.

"We are launching the ADSL compatible version now as our research highlights that the greater proportion of the country has that type of Internet access and so we can offer a wider population of children the protection they need. The next iteration of the XGate will be compatible with cable Internet connectivity and wireless."

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.