SOURCE: BitDefender

Bitdefender

June 18, 2013 15:00 ET

Bitdefender Global Charity Drive to Protect Hundreds of Millions of the Most Vulnerable

Bitdefender Allies With TechSoup to Offer Free Data Protection to 600,000 Charities

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA--(Marketwired - Jun 18, 2013) - Bitdefender, the Romanian creator of the world's #1 antivirus software solutions, has launched a global charity drive to protect the world's most vulnerable from the dangers of malware in alliance with global non-profit TechSoup.

Bitdefender is offering free protection to some 600,000 charities around the world that help hundreds of millions of disadvantaged people and tackle issues ranging from homelessness to special education, from child abuse to environmental degradation, malnourishment, diseases and more.

The drive, which is offering charities the iron clad protection of 11 products including Bitdefender Internet Security, Client Security and Management Server, Small Office Security and Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac, is being coordinated by TechSoup, the non-profit that connects donors to charities worldwide.

"Bitdefender's charity will protect the people who need it most," said Christopher Worman, Director of Program Development at TechSoup. "These charities deal regularly with sensitive information on the world's most vulnerable people -- people who have already been victimized or disadvantaged. Bitdefender can make sure this info is dealt with safely."

According to TechSoup, some 52 percent of the entire world's population benefits in some way from the charities offered protection by Bitdefender. The global philanthropy drive is the first by a Romanian company. Other IT companies undertaking similar drives with TechSoup include Microsoft, Cisco, Flickr, Shopify and others.

"We hope to achieve two of our company's main goals with this charity drive," said Catalin Cosoi, Bitdefender's Chief Security Strategist. "We will fulfill our aim to protect the segment of the population that most needs our protection, and we will set an example for other companies in Romania and eastern Europe in the hopes of triggering a wave of global philanthropy from the region. Eastern Europe has progressed greatly in the past couple of decades, and it's time to pay it back."

More information on the program is available at www.techsoup.org. For a list of Bitdefender's charitable offerings, see www.techsoup.org/bitdefender.

About Bitdefender®

Bitdefender is the creator of one of the world's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified internet security software. The company is an industry pioneer, introducing and developing award-winning protection since 2001. Today, Bitdefender technology secures the digital experience of around 400 million home and corporate users across the globe.

Recently, Bitdefender won a series of important awards and accolades in the global security industry, including "Product of the Year" by AV-Comparatives, "Best Repair 2012" by AV-Test, and "Editor's Choice" by PC Mag, that confirmed the antivirus software's leadership status among security products. More information about Bitdefender's products is available from the company's security press room. Additionally, Bitdefender publishes the HOTforSecurity blog, where readers can find stories from the underworld of internet fraud, scams, malicious software -- and gossip.