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F-Secure celebrates ten years on the web

  • 12 May, 2004 10:47

<p>F-Secure celebrates ten years on the web
Big WEBTENNIAL party under way</p>
<p>As an Australian Distributor for F-Secure for over 8 years, Open Systems Australia would like to provide you with the following news release.</p>
<p>F-Secure Corporation was one of the first companies in the world to establish
an on-line presence. The F-Secure web site has been part of the Internet since 22
April 1994, which makes it by far the oldest on-line antivirus information
source anywhere. They are now celebrating ten years of continuous service to
roughly 50 million distinct users worldwide, and continue to serve almost one
million visitors every month.</p>
<p>"In April 1994, we had already been maintaining our antivirus BBS for several
years, and realized how the graphical user interface just introduced by the
Mosaic browser could make the Internet accessible to a much larger user base.
Practically no commercial web sites existed at the time, but we saw that this
www thing was simply so cool that we wanted to be part of it", comments Ari
Hypponen, Chief Technology Officer of F-Secure Corporation. "Nobody knew it
would explode like it did", he continues.</p>
<p>How long a time is ten years? In Internet years, it is a very long time
indeed. For example, in April 1994 there was no, or There were no search engines. No Google, no
Yahoo, no MSN, or even Altavista. Likewise, there was no,,,,, or</p>
<p>Things like banner ads did not exist. No Java, no Real Audio, no Flash, no
MP3 or Divx movies. Internet Explorer, Netscape, Mozilla and Opera did not
exist yet. The most common browsers of the time were NCSA Mosaic and Lynx,
along with Cello and Winweb.</p>
<p>When F-Secure went online, the most common desktop operating system was MS-DOS with Windows 3.11 that lacked a TCP/IP stack and required the use of add-on tools
such as Trumpet WinSock. Most web surfers were using Unix-based systems.
Windows 95 would only be released in a year and let the masses visit the
<p>In April 1994, there were around 2,000 web sites in the whole world. By 1996,
there were 650,000 web sites. Now the count of public sites is well over five
million worldwide.</p>
<p>In 1994, most of the Internet data traffic was FTP, followed by telnet, email
and Gopher. Today, most of the traffic is created by web browsing, P2P
networks and email spam.</p>
<p>Most web sites and web users were coming from universities. Companies were
just starting to get to the Internet. Of course, several websites did already
exist. In addition to various universities, places like and were already online.</p>
<p>One of the first corporate websites was Digital's, started in
1993. Of course Digital has since been bought by Compaq which has been bought
by HP, online now at Likewise, F-Secure's first site was not
called In 1994, the company name was Data Fellows, and the
site was Some of the services on the site have survived
pretty well in their original format throughout the last decade, including
the virus description database.</p>
<p>The F-Secure site was the first antivirus site in the web, and they continue to provide first-class information to their site visitors. Now they are celebrating with a WEBTENNIAL PARTY and promotion where they are offering a 20% discount on their leading Internet security product.</p>
<p>For a look at the F-Secure web site through the years, and details on the party
promotion, please visit The F-Secure team look forward to serving you for many more years to come.</p>
<p>About F-Secure Corporation</p>
<p>F-Secure Corporation protects individuals and businesses against computer
viruses and other threats coming through the Internet or mobile networks. Our
award-winning solutions include antivirus, desktop firewall with intrusion
prevention and network encryption. Our key strength is the speed of response
to new threats. For businesses our solutions feature centralized management.
Founded in 1988, F-Secure has been listed on the Helsinki Exchanges since
1999. We have our headquarters in Helsinki, Finland, and offices in the USA,
France, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Japan. F-Secure is supported
by a global ecosystem of value added resellers and distributors in over 50
countries. F-Secure protection is also available through major Internet
Service Providers, such as Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom.</p>
<p>About Open Systems Australia</p>
<p>Open Systems Australia, a Canberra based company, was founded 13 years ago with the aim of providing high-end security, computing and data networking solutions for Fortune-500 Corporations, Federal and State Government Departments, Australia-wide.
This has developed into an extensive distribution business servicing over 2000 resellers Australia wide. Open Systems Australia has the in-house project management and technical / engineering capabilities to undertake virtually any I.T. project, anywhere in the Pacific region.</p>
<p>For further information on Open Systems or F-Secure,contact
Open Systems Australia.
Media Contact Sarah Hawkins
Phone (02) 6261 4900
Open Systems Australia
218 Northbourne Ave
Braddon ACT 2612</p>

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