Comcast Cable has a new weapon to help their customers fight cyber crimes, like identity theft and fraud. They have called it the Constant Guard Bot Detection and Notification system. This service is planned as a notification and removal system that works to notify customers when their computers have become infected with “bots”, a type of virus that can actually take control of a computer without the owner’s knowledge or consent. It has been launched and is currently being expanded to customers all over the nation.
Once a “bot” or virus has control over a computer, it can use it to host Phishing sites, send spam or even infect other computers, all without the owner’s knowledge. Comcast Cable has provided the Constant Guard Bot Detection and Notification system to give the owners and users of a computer the notification they need to be aware of the virus and to remove it. The system is designed to notify the owners or users of the computer through an open browser or through email, with immediate assistance on removing the virus for the maintenance of the computer and for the prevention of infection to other computers.
Why all the special concern for “bots”? According to the Javelin Strategy and Research company, over 11 million citizens fell victim to identity theft and fraud in the United States, last year, alone, with a total price tag of about $54 billion. Much of this damage was caused by “bots”.
“Internet users need to be aware of online threats- bots being among the most serious- and Comcast’s Constant Guard Bot Detection and Notification service is designed to help protect and educate our customers about this growing danger,” said the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Communications and Data Services for Comcast Cable, Cathy Avgiris, “With October being National Cyber Security Awareness month, it’s an ideal time to generate awareness about Internet security and start rolling this program out nationally.”
Ray Cooper, the National Association of Attorneys General President and North Carolina Attorney General said, “I encourage proactive efforts by Internet Service Providers to help educate and protect consumers from Internet crimes like malicious bots. It is important for business and government to work together to keep Internet users safe.”
Rob McKenna, the Washington State Attorney General and President-elect for NAAG, added this: “Cyber criminals cost our state tens of millions of dollars every year both in financial theft from our citizens as well as the cost of funding law enforcement resources to fight them. Bots are a real and emerging threat to American consumers and this is a welcome initiative for customers in our state and across the country.”
Comcast Cable currently offers high-speed broadband internet service to over 16 million customers a month. Comcast Cable recently switched to XFINITY brand products and services that can provide their customers with 100+ Mbps. Comcast Cable also provides their customers with online entertainment in the form of XFINITYTV. com. They are the largest provider in the United States for digital Cable TV services, digital Voice services and digital Broadband services.
Time Warner Cable Gives Away Sundance Trip
In keeping with company tradition, Time Warner Cable is giving back to the communities they operate in by holding a contest that will award four winners with a trip for two to the Sundance Film Festival, 2011. This prize includes $500.00 in spending money, air and ground transportation and the hotel. The award also comes with an invitation to the Sundance Channel VIP party, hosting top industry executives and stars and two tickets for a film screening held at the Sundance Festival. As if all of that were not enough, Time Warner Cable is also throwing in a year’s subscription for Time Warner Digital Cable and Time Warner Cable Road Runner High Speed Online services.
The awards are being given to four winners for the Time Warner Cable Short Film Contest, being held in association with IFC. Time Warner Cable wants to reach out to all of the individuals striving to be recognized for their filmmaking talents and capability. The film is to be two to five minutes in length and applicants are to upload their entries to www.youtube.com/timewarnercable. Entries will be accepted from September 15-October 31, 2010.
“Time Warner Cable connects people to the content they’re passionate about,” said the Senior Vice-President for Marketing Communications for Time Warner Cable, Marissa Freeman,” Providing aspiring filmmakers with the opportunity to actually create the content- that takes it to a whole new level. We are really excited to see the entries.”
The entries will be narrowed down to 25 applicants. A panel of judges that includes Ti West, known for “House of the Devil”, Joe Swanberg, known for “Hannah Takes the Stairs”, host for IFC News, Matt Singer and the President of Sundance Channel and IFC, Evan Shapiro and online votes will determine the four winning entries. The public is invited to vote at the website listed above.
“This is a great opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to showcase their work and experience the inner workings of the film industry at Sundance, a festival which annually helps discover the celebrate some of the greatest films and filmmakers of our time.” said Evan Shapiro, President of IFC and the Sundance Channel,” We’re thrilled to be working with Time Warner Cable on such a worthy initiative.”
The finalists, and ultimately the winning entries for the contest will be judged on three separate categories: Content, Quality and Creativity. Votes for the entries will be accepted November 9th- November 16th. Winners for the Time Warner Cable Short Film Contest will be announced in December of 2010. No purchase is necessary to submit an entry.
Time Warner Cable currently ranks as the second largest cable TV service provider in the United States. They offer the Time Warner Digital Cable service, with Road Runner High Speed Online services and their Time Warner Cable Digital Voice service. Time Warner Cable currently provides service for 14.7 million households in the United States.