AOL 9.0 Security Edition review: AOL 9.0 Security Edition

AOL uses McAfee VirusScan to scan for viruses on your computer.

AOL also bundles a firewall, developed by McAfee, called McAfee Personal Firewall Express. The firewall offers port blocking, Trojan protection, and automatic updates. Like other personal firewalls, it will also make helpful recommendations about whether you should allow specific applications to connect to the Internet. The first time you access the Internet with an application, the firewall will ask if you want to do this.

With this new edition, AOL also offers a security measure more commonly used by large corporations. Using a keychain-size fob that generates a six-digit code that changes every 60 seconds, you enter this ever-changing six digits, in addition to your username and password, whenever you log on to AOL. The service itself will cost an additional $1.95 to $4.95 per month, depending on the number of accounts protected. The benefit here is that no one can use your account unless they physically possess the key fob, which is available from AOL for $9.95.

The company plans to offer online file storage in the near future. For an additional $2.95 a month, AOL File Backup will back up 100MB of your files at its data center. And an extra $9.95 a month will get you up to 1GB of online storage. Unfortunately, AOL File Backup wasn't ready at the time of our review.

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