ID theft protection McAfee's key concern

McAfee is to update its four consumer security software suite offerings in the coming months by incorporating into these its next-generation ID protection technology, previously code-named ‘Falcon’.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  August 9, 2006

McAfee is to update its four consumer security software suite offerings in the coming months by incorporating into these its next-generation ID protection technology, previously code-named ‘Falcon’. “Falcon is our new flagship consumer product technology,” Patrick Hayati, the firm’s regional director, told Windows Middle East. “Products based on this will initially be available for download online – more in the form of managed services than traditional products. Boxed versions will then hit the market later.” By including McAfee’s Falcon protection, the firm’s new home and home office solutions will pack in additional protection against what Hayati claims is the biggest consumer threat at present - “identify theft”. “When we talk about ID theft, one of the biggest threats at present is key-logging programs,” added Hayati. “These monitor every key a user presses and so can identify passwords, credit card numbers and so on. There are also phishing e-mails, worms and Trojan horses.” ‘McAfee Total Protection’ will form what the firm’s US website claims is “a comprehensive security service for families and consumers who have a wireless home network and use the internet to surf the web, shop, bank, use e-mail and instant messaging; and store valued personal information on their PCs.” McAfee’s ‘Internet Security Suite’ meanwhile, which is already available to both try for free and buy online (here) is similarly aimed, only minus the wireless networking bent. McAfee ‘PC Protection Plus’ and ‘VirusScan(R) Plus’ meanwhile are targeted at basic net users who tend to stick to normal surfing, as well as e-mailing and using instant messaging apps. The latter, like Internet Security Suite, is already available on McAfee’s US site. In addition to pushing these feature-full consumer security suites, Hayati also told Windows today that McAfee MEA is working closely with organisations in the region to promote its recently launched Internet Explorer plug-in, SiteAdvisor. This tool, found here, helps users easily assess the security of each site they visit, warning them if they click onto what McAfee regards as a potentially unsafe pages. “We’re working with several Middle East organisations to get them to recommend this download for their users, including banks and telcos,” Hayati confirmed.

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