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May 03, 2012 at 13:00 PM EDT
Companies Partner to Protect Consumers from Online Tracking
Cocoon Now Offers blekko as Preferred Search Engine for its Users

Santa Barbara, CA, May 3, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Virtual World Computing (VWC), makers of the innovative online security and privacy product Cocoon, announced today a partnership with blekko™ to offer Cocoon users a more private way to search online. 

Cocoon users have an unmatched level of protection from online hazards with Cocoon's Triple Play Digital Protection™ keeping people safe from viruses, theft and tracking by filtering Internet browsing through their own private, secure online cloud. Now Cocoon users can utilize a search engine that protects them from being tracked.

"Because our customers are looking for innovative ways to protect themselves online, we wanted to give them direct access to search tools that align with the privacy standards we believe in," said Vernon Irvin, President/CEO of VWC. "With blekko's SuperPrivacy mode, our customers will now have the knowledge that no search click tracking data is being saved, while Cocoon is protecting them from viruses, theft and web tracking."

In addition to protecting people from being tracked online, blekko™ focuses on quality search results avoiding sites with low quality content created by people gaming the search system with link and content farms. Cocoon and blekko share the philosophy that people should have control of their Internet experience and should be involved in determining the quality of searches. Cocoon will provide its customers with blekko as its default search engine, however, Cocoon allows the freedom of using any search engine they choose.  

About Virtual World Computing (VWC):

VWC's flagship product, Cocoon, provides a secure, private, and virus-free method of protecting and connecting all your digital devices. Cocoon's Digital Protection Cloud™ secures your online privacy and keeps you safe from predators with a unique combination of data encryption and filtering technologies accessible from any device. VWC is a privately held company based in Santa Barbara, CA.

About blekko™:

blekko's mission: provide a differentiated editorial voice in search.

blekko is a web search engine whose stated goal is to provide better search results than those offered by Google Search, by offering results culled from a set of 3 billion trusted websites and excluding material from such sites as content farms. The site, launched to the public on November 1, 2010, uses slashtags to provide results for common searches.



CONTACT: Media Contacts:
         Kris Washburn
         Cocoon, VP of Marketing
         kris@getcocoon.com
         (805)845-9200
         
         Michelle Morel
         Morel Communications
         michelle@morelcommunications.com
         (207)329-6767
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