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Yahoo and SBC offer free online security product

by Nikola Strahija on May 17th, 2005 Yahoo and telecommunication partner SBC Communications offered a free suite of security software to their U.S. DSL customers settling customer demand for stronger online protection.

The suite includes antispyware and antivirus tools, a pop-up blocker, parental controls, and e-mail protection. SBC Yahoo DSL subscribers can manage the tools from an integrated dashboard.

The new suite also represents another move by major technology providers like Yahoo into the antivirus space, which has traditionally been filled by smaller security companies.

Earlier this month Microsoft announced that it is preparing a new consumer security product for Windows-based PCs called OneCare, featuring virus and spyware protection and a firewall. OneCare will be a subscription service when it is released.

But Yahoo and SBC are setting the bar in terms of offering a free, bundled security suite, simplifying usersí access to security tools.
Yahoo representatives didnít comment on whether the free security tools would eventually be available outside of the U.S.

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