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AOL Launches Comprehensive New Security Suite To Help Protect Members From Viruses, Spyware, Identity Theft


December 06, 2005, AOL today launched its new Safety and Security Center to make it easier for AOL members to protect themselves against viruses, spyware, phishing attacks, identity theft, and other online threats. The AOL Safety and Security Center consolidates the industry’s most comprehensive set of automatic online safety tools -- including anti-virus software, spyware protection, a firewall, phishing protection, and more -- in a single, convenient location. Security features are automatically updated to help protect vulnerable members, in particular those using always-on broadband connections, from new and emerging threats.

“A broadband connection is basically an open pipe to the Internet, which means that high speed users are particularly vulnerable to thousands of new viruses and spyware threats as they emerge,” said Joe Redling, President, AOL Access Business. “That’s why it’s so important for our members to have safeguards like anti-virus, spyware protection, phishing protection and a firewall as they move into the broadband world. Through the Safety and Security Center, AOL offers the most comprehensive set of automatic online safety tools available anywhere -- for both dial-up and broadband members -- all in convenient place. Our goal is to offer a simple, one-step solution that makes it easy to stay safe online.”

In addition to the integrated anti-virus, anti-spyware, and firewall features, the AOL (R) Safety and Security Center also gives members easy access to other safety and security features, including spam settings, Parental Controls, pop-up controls, Money Alerts, and Computer Check-up. AOL members using AOL (R) 8.0 or higher can download this standalone product at no additional charge from AOL Keyword: Safety or

Among the safety and security features found in the AOL Safety and Security Center:

** Virus protection powered by McAfee that is automatically-updated when the user is online to help protect members’ entire computers from viruses, trojans and other online threats.

** AOL (R) Spyware Protection 2.0, launched in September, that offers four different levels of protection against more than 28,000 known spyware, adware, and sneakware programs. ASP 2.0, powered by CA, is automatically updated to help protect users against new and emerging threats.

** Phishing protection that helps prevent theft of personal information by blocking access to known phishing sites when members are using the AOL software or the new AOL (R) Explorer browser.

** A leading firewall, powered by McAfee, that helps protect members against hackers and other attacks from the Internet, which is provided to AOL members on both dial-up and broadband connections.

** Robust Parental Controls that help limit access by children to inappropriate content on the Web and allow parents to configure custom controls, such as an online timer and a regular AOL (R) Guardian “report card” of their activity online.

** AOL (R) Money Alerts to help protect members from offline identity theft by warning them whenever a credit card charge or bank account transaction is made over a preset limit.

** A single unified console that updates users about the status of all of the AOL security software on their computer, including anti-virus, spyware protection, firewall, phishing protection, Parental Controls, spam protection, pop-up controls, and more.

** Easy-to-adjust settings, with a default setting that automatically does a comprehensive scan of members’ computers at regular intervals for online threats.

** One-click combined virus and spyware scans.

** Home network monitoring through Network Magic.

The launch of the AOL Safety and Security Center is being supported by a major broadcast advertising campaign to alert current and potential AOL members to the comprehensive protections provided in the suite.

More information about AOL’s new Safety and Security Center can be found at

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