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Shine keeps Mobile Devices Happy and Virus-Free

The Israeli company designed its product to detect and stop viruses and malware in real-time, to thwart ‘the ultimate threat of the future’

By: Karin Kloosterman
Published: November 29th, 2013 in Business » Israel
Founders of Shine at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco

While they won’t say it to the media, most security technology startups in Israel have a link to Israel’s version of the CIA, Unit 8200. But Ron Porat, who founded the anti-virus company Shine, comes from a modest background as a technician in the Israeli Air Force. Once a teenage gaming hacker, after military service he became a professional archeologist.

Seven years of digging though layers of dirt led to a sad paycheck that wouldn’t support a growing family. So Porat, now 44 with three kids, went back to the traditional workforce as a programmer and worked his way to the top.

“I decided to make a turnaround in my life and start from scratch – I knew how to program and hack, and I began as a programmer and went up the hill until I had the startup and a high-tech exit,” he says.

Now on his third startup as the CEO of Shine, Porat is building a promising mobile and PC security company out of Herzylia, Israel. Shine is designed to detect and stop viruses and malware real-time on any device. Hopeful buyers have offered him and his co-founders millions for the year-old company with 24 employees. But they are not selling.

He tells ISRAEL21c: “One of the three [big] anti-virus companies gave us an offer of eight digits after we founded the company, and we said ‘no.’ We are going into this from the bottom of our hearts. This is our calling."

"We need to help people," he adds. "This is the ultimate threat of the future and we want to generate a huge company that will go head to head with all the big ones.”

Targeting the unprotected mobile space

What’s the problem in today’s arena? Porat says that mobile devices and smart “everythings” are virtually open to attack. Anti-virus companies are still focusing on PCs rather than tablets and mobile phones.

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Via ISRAEL21c

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