TalkTalk offers safer surfing with F-Secure

TalkTalk, the free home phone calls and broadband provider from The Carphone Warehouse, has teamed up with security software provider F-Secure to respond to the changing needs of broadband consumers and bring enterprise-level security to homes.

TalkTalk is the latest in a string of ISPs to sign up with F-Secure, one of the few security software providers to offer a solution via a monthly subscription, in line with the changing needs of broadband consumers.

TalkTalk has over one million customers who talk to each other for free, forever, on their home phones. It offers 1MB and 2 MB broadband packages with no formal download limits, free modem, five free email address, 15MB of free web space for customers to make their own website and now, F-Secure Internet Security software on a flexible monthly service.

The security software protects families’ PCs from viruses, worms, spam and hacking. It also includes a parental control feature to protect children from unsuitable websites. At the end of the trial period customers can opt to purchase the software on an ongoing monthly subscription basis, to allow families to adjust their chosen level of security month-by-month, according to their needs and circumstances. Users will also benefit from free, regular updates to protect them from new and emerging threats.

Hayley Dawes, marketing director at TalkTalk, said: “We chose F-Secure’s Internet Security suite not only because of its award winning levels of protection and speed of response to new threats, but also because of the flexibility it offers home users. As a security conscious ISP, we want to enable Internet users to protect their families from threats to the same level as a multinational company would protect its network. At the same time, we want to offer a customisable solution that can be tailored to keep up with consumers’ needs every month.”

Brian Gregory, ISP business manager at F-Secure UK and Ireland, said: “Having reviewed F-Secure’s service provider concept and security software, TalkTalk was quick to move to the implementation stages, which is testimony to the fact that it is a company that’s keen to react to customer feedback,” Gregory continued. “Our new relationship will help the company to cement its well known, family-oriented reputation.”

F-Secure is the European market leader in delivering security solutions to Internet users through ISPs with its multiple award-winning solutions. It is looking forward to a continued partnership with TalkTalk,Tesco Internet, Kingston Communications In the UK and other leading ISPs including Charter Communications in the US, Deutsche Telekom and WEB.DE in Germany, Wanadoo in France, TeliaSonera in Sweden and Finland, Glocalnet and com hem in Sweden, Cablecom in Switzerland, TDC Cable TV in Denmark, Telenet in Belgium, Czech Telecom in Czech Republic and Elisa Oyj in Finland.

The TalkTalk security package is available to all new and existing subscribers, who can install the security software from CD or download from the TalkTalk website.

About TalkTalk

TalkTalk is part of The Carphone Warehouse and has over one million customers for its calls, line rental and broadband services. It offers sustainable and consistently-low pricing, and customers talk to each other for free, forever. TalkTalk customers in the UK and Ireland can now talk to each other for free too. Your phone bill is guaranteed to be cheaper than BT or TalkTalk will give you ?1,000. Information on all TalkTalk voice and broadband services is available at The Carphone Warehouse’s 600 UK stores, or at www.talktalk.co.uk or by calling free on 0800 049 10 10.

About F-Secure Corporation

F-Secure Corporation is the fastest growing company globally in the antivirus and intrusion prevention industry with more than 50% revenue growth in the first nine months of 2004. F-Secure services and software protect individuals and businesses against computer viruses and other threats coming through the Internet or mobile networks. Our award-winning solutions include antivirus and desktop firewall with intrusion prevention, antispam and antispyware solutions. Our key strength is our proven speed of response to new threats. F-Secure is supported by global service partners, value added resellers and distributors in over 50 countries. F-Secure protection is also available through mobile handset manufacturers such as Nokia and as a service through major Internet Service Providers, such as Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom and Charter Communications. The latest real-time virus threat scenario news is available at the F-Secure Antivirus Research Team weblog at http://www.fsecure.com/weblog/




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