Check Point has announced the launch of ZoneAlarm Extreme Security 2010.

The latest version of the company's comprehensive consumer security suite is equipped with robust security technologies to address multiple PC threats, from browser exploits to password theft. The update introduces the industry's first hard drive encryption solution in a consumer security suite.

The company claimed that ZoneAlarm Hard Drive Encryption automatically encrypts all hard drive content to protect personal and irreplaceable data in the event of laptop loss or theft.

The 256-bit consumer encryption technology ensures all data stored on the system's hard drive is unreadable to unauthorised users. Check Point claimed that the encryption works silently in the background to protect all existing, new or changed files such as medical records or personal photos.

Hard drive encryption also safeguards the key system information that users tend to forget, such as automatically stored passwords, cookies, temporary internet files and recycle bin documents.

Juliette Sultan, head of global marketing at Check Point, said: “Thieves are increasingly targeting laptops primarily to steal the information stored inside, and they can easily remove the hard drive to gain full access to the user's data.

“With our new and comprehensive ZoneAlarm Extreme Security suite with Hard Drive Encryption, our customers have the peace-of-mind that their credit card numbers, social security information, and any personal data are always protected.”

Alongside this launch, Check Point has also released new versions of ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite, ZoneAlarm Pro and ZoneAlarm anti-virus.