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Gaylord, Michigan -, a leading publisher of Internet software solutions, held it's second Annual Distributor's Conference in northern Michigan last week. Key personnel, software developers and distributors representing 15 countries met to preview new solutions designed to meet the needs of today's security-conscious Internet user.

"Deploying wide scale Internet connectivity in an organization creates management challenges," said Mike Deerfield, CEO of Deerfield cited recent data indicating an increase in hacker interruptions, destructive viruses, abuse of Internet privileges and theft of proprietary information. "After delivering and evolving the first-to-market and best in class Internet sharing solution, WinGate, is in a unique position to secure the Internet opportunities created."

By adding anti-virus, firewall, content filtering, policy enforcement, VPN and secure FTP server products to its suite of solutions, Deerfield stated "we will be in a position to offer customers a full suite of Internet solutions-enabling our customers to connect, detect and protect their computer networks-available in one place."

With the expansion of their product suite, also announced the creation of its Consumer Products Division. "We now offer software applications developed specifically to solve problems for the Home and SOHO consumer," said Mike Ryan, Director of Operations, Consumer Products Division at "We're excited to deliver solutions to the fastest growing market on the Internet today, the Home user."

Throughout the conference, personnel and distributors met one-on-one to devise strategies to increase global capability through strategic alliances and localization. "The Annual Distributors Conference provides a unique opportunity to gain a better understanding of the needs of our Channel Partners," said Randy Kwapis, Director of Channel Sales at "With a distribution network that extends to over 140 countries and includes more than 13,000 Resellers, must understand the global landscape and there is no better way than meeting face-to-face."

About® is a leading Internet software and services provider ranked 116 on the Inc. 500 list of America's fastest-growing privately held companies for the year 2000. The company, founded in 1994 and based in Gaylord, Mich., specializes in Internet software solutions designed to leverage Internet connectivity for consumers, SOHO, and small-to-medium sized businesses. Deerfield publishes a leading suite of Internet connectivity, messaging and file-transfer products including: DNS2GoTM, a free Internet domain naming system service that simplifies Internet communications, MDaemon®, WorldClient®, and RelayFax® for a versatile Email solution including server with anti-virus protection capabilities, Web-based Email, and practical fax messenger; WinGate® and InterQuick® for Internet sharing and connectivity optimization and Internet Neighborhood®, an FTP client built into Windows Explorer, simplifying file transfer.

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