|Industry||Computer security, internet security|
|Founded||United Kingdom (1998 )|
|Headquarters||Clifton, New Jersey, United States|
|Key people||Melih Abdulhayoğlu (President and CEO)|
Comodo Group, Inc. is a privately held group of companies providing computer software and SSL digital certificates, based in Clifton, New Jersey, United States. It has offices in the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Romania, China, India, Turkey and the United States.
The company was founded in 1998 in the United Kingdom, by Comodo CEO, Melih Abdulhayoğlu, a technologist and an entrepreneur. Comodo relocated to the United States, first settling in Jersey City, New Jersey in 2004. Comodo's product line is focused primarily on computer and internet security. The firm operates a Certificate Authority that issues SSL certificates, offers a computer security suite that includes antivirus and firewall protection and offers other web and network protection services.
Comodo's largest and most prominent business is as a Certificate Authority that sells SSL Certificates. As of June 1, 2013 the company had a 27% Market Share among Certificate Authorities, just second behind Symantec, according to W3Techs.com
The Comodo strategy for the Enterprise market focuses primarily on cross selling web site PCI and Malware scanning services to their customers for SSL Certificates. They also market an End Point Security Management System that leverages their internet security software.
The Comodo strategy for the consumer market is to offer its software products as freemium; that is, they are available for download free of charge, but additional features and support are available for a fee. Among Comodo's free products is the Comodo Internet Security, incorporating a personal firewall, Host-based intrusion detection system and antivirus program. Other Comodo branded freeware security tools include an anti-malware tool, and a memory firewall that protects against over 90% of buffer overflow attacks. For an additional fee, Comodo product users can subscribe to Comodo's computer cleaning and optimizing services for real-time computer assistance. Comodo also offers Comodo System Cleaner, which includes a free registry cleaner program,
Comodo SecureEmail is an email encryption program that allows S/MIME email users to send emails to any email user without exchanging keys beforehand. To support the mobile computing market Comodo has introduce the Comodo Mobile Security for the Android and Comodo Cloud storage for the Android and iOS.
Comodo Internet Security
Comodo Internet Security initially received mixed reviews; it was generally praised for its firewall and its value for price, but criticized for its poor antivirus detection. Over time, however, its antivirus component received better reviews. For instance, a 2008 review of Internet Security 3.5 from PC Magazine security analyst, Neil J. Rubenking, yielded a score of 2.5 out of 5, praising the suite's firewall and criticizing its antimalware component. Five years later, on 7 February 2013, Comodo Internet Security 2013 earned the PC Magazine Editor's Choice award. Neil J. Reubenking, reviewing the suite once again, gave it a score 4.5 of 5 stars.
In response to Symantec's comment over the effectiveness of free Antivirus software, on September 18, 2010, the CEO of Comodo Group Melih Abdulhayoğlu challenged Symantec to see which products can defend the consumer better against malware. Symantec responded saying that if Comodo is interested they should have their product included in tests by independent reviewers. On 29 September 2010, Neil J. Rubenking, the lead analyst for security of PC Magazine, published an article on Comodo Antivirus 5.0 that concluded that Comodo Antivirus 5.0 blocked a higher percentage of malware than Norton AntiVirus, but was less effective than the Norton solution when it came to malware removal. Rubenking's review also noted that the Comodo malware blocking gave a number of false positives which he felt tarnished Comodo's results.
In a 9 January 2013 review, Techworld awarded Comodo Internet Security Pro 2013 4 of 5 stars and concluded "Cloud-based scanning and behaviour analysis joins a suite of top-notch security tools, designed to keep your PC secure. Recommended." Also on the same date, Mike Williams of BetaNews.com reviewed Comodo Internet Security Pro 2013 and concluded "The program remains too complex for total PC beginners, we suspect. The average user will appreciate its largely automatic operation, though, while experts enjoy the powerful tools and extreme configurability."
On 7 February 2013, Comodo Internet Security Complete v6 earned the PC Magazine Editor's Choice award. Reviewing the software again, Neil J. Reubenking gave it a score 4.5 of 5 stars, commended its support service, VPN solution, DNS service and value for price but criticized its behavior blocker and its poor anti-phishing capabilities. Reubenking concluded "The biggest win for Comodo Internet Security Complete 2013 isn't in features, but in support. The GeekBuddy service fixes any problem, security or otherwise, using remote assistance. A Virus-Free Guarantee reimburses you for damage if malware gets past Comodo; you can also get reimbursed for expenses related to identity theft. Add a GeekBuddy-powered tuneup tool and an unusually powerful backup utility and you've got a winner."
In October 2013, TopTenReviews.com reviewed the Comodo Internet Security 2014 Complete edition and gave it a score of 9.18 out of 10. Their review notes that the firewall component is their Gold Award winner for best firewall protection. However, they also comment on the lack of brand name recognition for Comodo's product.
Comodo PC TuneUp
In August 2012, Jeffery L. Wilson of PCMag.com gave Comodo System Utilities an Excellent rating, 4 of 5 stars. He states as his "Bottom Line" conclusion "Comodo System Utilities is a free and effective system-enhancing utility that is as potent, if not more so in certain cases, as paid apps".
In 2013 Comodo System Utilities was rebranded as Comodo PC TuneUP. In October 2013, PCMag gave PC TuneUp an Editor's rating of "Good". Jeffery Sacks wrote "Comodo PC Tuneup is a free and effective system-enhancing utility that is as potent, if not more so in certain cases, as paid apps."
Comodo Dragon Web Browser
On June 17, 2010 a cNET Editor's review gave the Comodo Dragon a 5 of 5 star score and a rating of Spectacular. they concluded "Dragon is not only fast, but like Google Chrome, it is not strewn with numerous icons, leaving more room for Web viewing. For those who are extra cautious about their online security, or for those who are worried about Google's data-mining, this fast browser is a great choice. 
Comodo is a member of the following industry organizations:
- Certificate Authority Security Council (CASC): In February 2013, Comodo became a founding member of this industry advocacy organization dedicated to addressing industry issues and educating the public on internet security.
- Common Computing Security Standards Forum (CCSF): In 2009 Comodo was a founding member of the CCSF, an industry organization that promotes industry standards that protect end users. Comodo CEO Melih Abdulhayoğlu is considered the founder of the CCSF.
- CA/Browser Forum: In 2005, Comodo was a founding member of a new consortium of Certificate Authorities and web browser vendors dedicated to promoting industry standards and baseline requirements for internet security.
2011 breach incident
On March 15, 2011, Comodo reported that a user account with an affiliate registration authority had been compromised which was used to create a new user account that issued nine certificate signing requests. Nine certificates for seven domains were issued. Comodo responded by revoking the nine certificates. Microsoft also issued a security advisory and update to address the issue.
The attack was traced to IP address 126.96.36.199, which originates in Tehran, Iran. Though Comodo initially reported the breach was the result of a "state-driven attack", it subsequently stated that the origin of the attack may be the "result of an attacker attempting to lay a false trail." The issue, however, led to criticism of how certificates are issued and revoked.
On March 26, 2011, a person under the username "ComodoHacker" made several posts to Pastebin.com claiming to be an Iranian responsible for the attack against Comodo. In September 2011, the same hacker claimed attacks against four other CAs, including GlobalSign and DigiNotar, resulting in a closure of the latter.
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