AOL Touts Increased Broadband Security

As more high-speed households wake up to intrusion vulnerabilities on their PCs, AOL takes up arms with a pitch for new built-in security. [ Top News]

The security tools in AOL 9.0 include:

  • Customized Firewall: In partnership with Network Associates’ (Quote, Company Info) McAfee unit, AOL Broadband subscribers will get a free customized firewall. The Personal Firewall Express promises protection against hackers and unauthorized intruders. Firewall options would allow users to block access to sensitive files, financial records and personal data and create records of intrusion attempts.
  • Automatic Anti-virus Scanning: AOL 9.0 will automatically scans all e-mail attachments to detect viruses and fix or block infected attachments before they reach a subscriber’s inbox. While the automatic scanning is free, AOL is also marketing a premium integrated service with McAfee Security to block infection from P2P file sharing, Web site downloads, infected CD-ROMs and disks and other multi-media files.
  • Anti-spam protections: On top of its proprietary server-side anti-spam filters, the company is adding adaptive spam filtering — that learns and adapts to the type of e-mail that each individual member considers spam. AOL Mail will come with a new spam folder to automatically route and separate unsolicited mail and a new feature for word-specific and URL filters.
  • There will be an additional fee of $2.95 per month for these features…

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