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CA and Microsoft team up on security

Microsoft is stepping up its "Protect Your PC" campaign, with the support of Computer Associates, which is offering Windows home users a free one-year subscription to its eTrust EZ Armor antivirus and firewall desktop security suite.

Microsoft is stepping up its "Protect Your PC" campaign, with the support of Computer Associates, which is offering Windows home users a free one-year subscription to its eTrust EZ Armor antivirus and firewall desktop security suite.

The software is the consumer version of CA's enterprise-class security technology and Microsoft is hoping the offer will dramatically improve the safety of individual home PC use, and limit the proliferation of Internet threats.

A spokesperson for CA Middle East said the deal is being done on a global basis and all Middle Eastern home users are eligible. A download link for eTrust EZ Armor is featured on the Protect Your PC site on Microsoft's Web site, located at: http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect. The offer is valid for Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Millennium Edition and Windows 98/Windows NT home users.

"The widespread embrace of PCs and the Internet has put extremely powerful technology in the hands of consumers," said Toby Weiss, senior vice president of eTrust solutions at CA. "To ensure the safety and integrity of the Internet experience, we are making CA's powerful enterprise-class security technology readily available to home computer users while supporting Microsoft's Protect Your PC campaign."

"Helping Windows customers get more secure and stay protected is a top priority for Microsoft," said Tom Button, corporate vice president of Windows at Microsoft Corp. "We're very pleased that CA's eTrust EZ Armor software offer extends our Protect Your PC program and gives customers a great option for getting more secure."

Viruses and worms have caused billions of dollars in damage worldwide this year, and have also caused considerable embarrassment to Microsoft itself. The "Protect Your PC" campaign was designed to address user concerns over security.

The eTrust EZ Armor software has a $49.95 retail value. The free subscription for qualified Windows users is available for download through June 30, 2004, and provides one year of personal firewall and antivirus protection including daily virus signature updates and the ability to control and weed out pop-ups, cookies and other invasive code.

According to the eighth annual ICSA Labs Virus Prevalence Survey, there are roughly 105 virus infections per 1,000 PCs per month. This has increased steadily from 32 per 1,000 in 1998. A recent survey conducted by AOL also revealed that 62 percent of home broadband users did not have recently updated antivirus software on their machines.

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