New Service Informs and Protects Consumers and Small Businesses
Next-Generation Service Features Newly Enhanced Managed Solutions and Free Security Tools to Inform and Educate Users About Internet Threats
SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ –McAfee.com (Nasdaq: MCAF), a leading provider of Web security services, todayannounced the launch of the McAfee.com SecurityCenter, a new service comprisedof a free set of innovative security tools to alert, inform and protectInternet users, as well as access to free trials to newly enhanced managedsecurity solutions. The SecurityCenter benefits consumers and small businessesby quickly determining their vulnerability to Internet threats while providingeasy access to powerful security solutions to secure their PCs. TheSecurityCenter is the first phase in the next generation of Web services.
“There are several steps in the process of protecting people from thenegative aspects associated with the Internet,” said Harry Fenik, president &CEO, The Sageza Group, a marketing analysis and services firm. “Companiesshould strive to educate, to make general information available, to help usersto ascertain their individual state of security and to help people protectthemselves. The McAfee.com SecurityCenter performs all of these functions atno cost to the consumer or small business.”
The most prominent feature of the SecurityCenter is a free set of securitytools directly accessed through its interface. These tools include thefollowing:
— My Security Index is a numeric indicator that illustrates the current security state of a user’s PC. Based on the installation of up-to-date security products on the PC and on changing external circumstances such as a virus outbreak, the My Security Index calculates an overall security score. A score of “10” indicates the highest security rating, while a score of “2” indicates a potentially serious security vulnerability. The index also displays scores of three sub-indices: anti-virus, anti- hacker and anti-abuse.
— Security Alert is a real-time emergency communication system that warns users of virus outbreaks and other security-related threats through “toaster” pop-up alert messages. These alert messages provide users with direct links to learn more about the threats and to receive immediate protection from them.
— Hacker Vulnerability Scanner is a tool that inspects common Internet ports including HTTP, HTTPS, FTP and SMTP on a user’s PC to determine if they are secured or unsecured.
— World Virus Map is a real-time, fully interactive view of virus activity around the world. Users can select a country, state, city or particular virus and view the extent of infected computers and files.
— Virus Information Library is an online encyclopedia containing comprehensive information detailing over 50,000 known viruses, Trojans, worms and hoaxes. This online reference tool features a description of the virus as well as removal instructions when available.
Through the SecurityCenter, existing McAfee.com subscribers now have theability to quickly and easily access, manage and configure their currentsubscriptions. For potential subscribers, fully-enabled trial versions ofMcAfee.com services are available for download and installation through theSecurityCenter.
These free trials feature the recently enhanced McAfee.com securityservices VirusScan Online, Personal Firewall, and Privacy Service. Eachservice, integrated with the McAfee.com SecurityCenter, has been redesigned todeliver users even more powerful security solutions for their PC.
The McAfee.com SecurityCenter is the first step toward the next generationof Web services. These services will incorporate an innovative new securitysystem that brings together the massively distributed computing capabilitiesof the Internet with XML-based Web security services to provide powerful,real-time security to millions of users and businesses on the Internet.
Pricing & Availability
The McAfee.com SecurityCenter is initially being offered free of chargeand is currently available to PC users using Windows 9x, ME, 2000 and XP.Users can download the SecurityCenter at www.mcafee.com.
The newly enhanced McAfee.com services are currently available forpurchase to all Windows 9x, ME, 2000 and XP users. VirusScan Online iscurrently available for $29.95 (USD) per year, Personal Firewall for$29.95 per year, and Privacy Service for $29.95 per year. For furtherinformation, please visit www.mcafee.com
McAfee.com Corporation is a world-leading provider of managed Websecurity, optimization and maintenance services. Using a patented system andprocess of delivering software through an Internet browser, McAfee.com hasredefined how software is developed, delivered and experienced by PC users athome and at work, virtually eliminating the need to install, configure andmanage the technology on a local PC or network. McAfee.com hosts softwareapplication services on its vast technology infrastructure and provides theseservices to users online through its Web site www.mcafee.com. McAfee.com hassigned up more than 1.5 million paid active subscribers, making it one of thelargest paid subscription sites on the Internet. The company estimates that30% of its subscriber base is international.
For more information, contact McAfee.com at 408-992-8100 or visit http://www.mcafee.com.
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