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California company provides free 'Do Not Track' service to protect Internet privacy

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Santa Barbara, CA, June 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A California company anticipates increased interest in Internet privacy solutions in the wake of the recent PRISM and NSA scandals.

"We anticipate an uptick in Cocoon users in the United States over the coming weeks. In the past, we've seen more users in nations from Iran to Australia when events focus people on Internet privacy issues. The recent NSA and IRS scandals have people questioning what personal data is being collected and how it is being used," said Jeff Bermant, founder and CEO of Virtual World Computing.

Virtual World Computing (VWC), developer of the Cocoon Internet privacy solution, is one of the pioneers of the new 'Cloud browsing' technology, which was developed in response to the growing concern by consumers to protect their online data. Earlier this year, another free Do Not Track product, CocoonKids, was developed in partnership with children's safety advocate Mark Klaas of The KlaasKids Foundation, to protect children from being tracked online.

Because Cocoon users browse in the Cloud, their IP addresses cannot be identified, and it is the only free product on the market that also includes data encryption and protects computers from malware, viruses, and unwanted spam.

"I think this controversy has finally helped Americans become aware that data mining by government and Big Data is pervasive, and that is why we are seeing such outrage around this issue," said Bermant. "People need to know that they don't have to choose between using the Internet and protecting their personal data."

About Virtual World Computing | Cocoon

Cocoon (www.getcocoon.com) is a free, all-in-one plugin developed byVirtual World Computing (www.vworldc.com) of Santa Barbara, California. It is the only free all-in-one product in today's marketplace that allows consumers private Cloud browsing, automatic encryption, and virus-free access to the Internet. Cocoon offers versions for Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, and iOS. Earlier this year, CocoonKids was developed in partnership with The KlaasKids Foundation (www.klaaskids.org), to provide an easy and safe way to manage a family's Internet experience and protect the online identity of children.

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Source: Cocoon