Kogan Technologies has created what it describes as a “portector” — a device designed to protect Australians from what Communications Minister Stephen Conroy recently described as “spams and scams in the portal”.
In a statement issued this morning the Melbourne-based consumer electronics manufacturer claimed it was alarmed to hear last week that up to 20000 Australians were under threat from the spams and scams.
“There’s a staggering number of Australians being in having their computers infected at the moment up to 20000 – uh – can regularly be getting infected by these spams or scams that come through the portal” Communications Minister Stephen Conroy had said at the launch of Cyber-Security Awareness Week.
Kogan said the revelation of the “spams and scams” was the perfect opportunity to create an alternative to the Federal Government’s proposed mandatory internet filter. The “Portector” is made from the finest 8000-thread Egyptian cotton and is being billed as “the best portal protection in the world”.
â€œWe’ve been shocked time and time again to hear not only about Australia’s need for a mandatory Internet filter but also the need for a red panic button and protection from ‘spams and scams’” said Kogan founder Ruslan Kogan in the company’s statement. â€œThe Kogan Portector defends the portal from all of these net nasties in a far more affordable way than the Australian Government thanks to Kogan’s efficient online business model.”
Kogan said the Portector would cost just $2999 per customer — which he said was over 50 percent off the cost of the government’s filter. â€œThe product goes on sale today and includes free shipping across Australia for a very limited timeâ€ he added.
The company said the Government’s $128.8 million Cyber Safety policy had been recently expanded to protect up to 20000 Australians being affected by the “spams and scams”.
“At a cost of $6500 per person the Government’s inefficient spending of tax-payer money must be addressed” Kogan’s statement said. “The Kogan Portector negates the need for the Government to devote more resources to its Cyber Safety policy as this all encompassing product is available today is extremely easy to install and is more cost-efficient and effective than the Government’s approach.”
However the product comes with a strict safety warning.
“Incorrect use may result in uncensored Internet content freedom of speech freedom of choice freedom of thought and protection of your civil liberties” it states.