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A survey carried out by Internet security company Symantec showed that 43% of personal computer owners in Israel are concerned about losing data stored on their computers.
The concern was more prevalent among those who had lost data in the last six months where 64% said they were significantly worried about their information, Symantec said.
Symantec commissioned research company Insight Advanced Marketing Research to conduct the survey which questioned 499 men and women over 18.
It showed that the average household in Israel has 3.7 electronic devices (including computers, digital cameras, cellular phones etc.) and that 81% have a personal computer at home. Of those, 54% back up their data.
Symantec said that about 50% of those that back up data, do so onto CDs or DVDs, while some 25% back up the data onto an external hard disk, 20% onto a removable flash drive and 20% onto floppy disks. Approximately 10% have indicated that they back up onto an external Web site designated for this purpose.
The research showed that, as opposed to other back up methods, back up onto CDs and DVDs is of a higher rate, regardless of the type of data being backed up.
Those that back up personal data onto CDs or DVDs or onto an external hard disk, tend to be saving digital images as opposed to other types of data while those that back up personal data onto floppy disks tend to backup job-related files and documents as opposed to other types of data.
Another survey carried out by Internet site www.mapa.co.il showed that 567 businesses in Israel were supplying wireless Internet service to customers, double the number last year.
Some 66 percent of the hotspots, Mapa said, were offering the service free of charge. A majority of the businesses were in the hospitality industry -.caf s, restaurants and hotels.
The survey also revealed a wide gap in the regions in which the businesses were found. Some 68%, it said, were in the Gush Dan region, 12% in Jerusalem , 6% in Haifa and 8% in the South or smaller towns and settlements.
One company that enables the wireless technology, Alvarion, announced the availability of its primary voice services over WiMAX enabled by the latest edition of its flagship BreezeMAX product.
This will give the ability to deliver primary voice services using existing TDM infrastructures, in addition to its broadband service capabilities, the company said.
Tel Aviv-based Alvarion said the product is currently commercially available in an outdoor version, and the new CPE will be available as an indoor, self-install version in the second quarter of 2007.
Information leak prevention (ILP) company PortAuthority Technologies released its next generation ILP solution PortAuthority v5.0. The California-based company, which carries out its main R&D activities in Ra'anana, said the new product will provide total protection of confidential information covering data-in-motion, data-at-rest and data-in-use.
Bynet Data Communications and Radvision have teamed up to launch a new system that will enable the integration of mobile telephone with Internet protocol telephony and the transfer of video files between them. The two Tel Aviv-based companies will cooperate on projects driven from Radvision's headquarters using voice over Internet protocol and 3G technologies and allowing for the transfer of video and pictures between them. The companies said the system is already in use at a number of customers' call centers.
Media solutions provider BestTV won a $2 million contract with Japanese investment company Invensys to establish a Internet video platform in Japan. The deal will see the Israeli company partner with a major Japanese company to establish a television platform over the Internet, which will reach millions of houses there, BestTV said.
Information technology company Matrix opened its second development center in Bet Shemesh this week, which will employ Haredi women to supply offshore outsourcing services.
The center will be based on the same model as Matrix's "Talpiot" facility in Modi'in Elite, which was established in 2004 and today employs 300 women. Matrix has 40 women employed at the new center already and is in the process of increasing that.
Headquartered in Herzliya, Matrix provides IT services including testing, consulting, outsourcing, training and deployment, infrastructure and hardware.
Computer training software provider Simigon capped a busy period for Israeli start-ups raising funds over the past week, bringing in $10.5 million on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange (AIM). The listing gives the Herzliya-based company a valuation of $60m.
In its prospectus for the initial public offering, Simigon said it intended to use the proceeds to expand applications, marketing and sales capabilities, which would include recruiting further marketing personnel and increased marketing spending. In addition, the funding will enable Simigon to strengthen its R&D activities, expand its product portfolio and repay shareholder loans of approximately 810,000 pounds .
Meanwhile,Extricom, a developer of next generation WiFi solutions, raised $12m. in a third round of fundraising which will be used to support its plans to expand abroad and strengthen the company's sales and customer support efforts. The round was led by Belden, a US-based developer of signal transmission products for the enterprise and industrial markets, which earlier this year entered a technology partnership with the Israeli company to further develop enterprise WiFi solutions enabled by Extricom's core technology, with an investment of $5m.
The remaining funds for Extricom came from venture capital sources including participation from existing investors Motorola Ventures, Magnum Communications Fund, and Vertex Venture Capital.
Another Herzliya-based start-up SupportSpace, which provides on-line customer technical support, closed its first round of funding raising $4.25m. from BRM Capital and Gemini Israel Funds. SupportSpace plans to use the funding to further develop its on-line tech-support architecture and to establish operations in the US market.
The Communications Ministry said it has started deliberations regarding Voice over Broadband (VoB) licenses for relevant telecommunications companies in order to complete the formation of a policy in this arena.
With the VoB technology giving the ability to provide regular telephone service through broadband Internet connection, providing VoB permits is expected to significantly increase the number of companies providing telephone service in the country, as part of the government's program to open the market to competition against Bezeq and HOT.