The company has partnered with Network Associates, the maker of McAfee antivirus and firewall products, to help Microsoft provide protection to subscribers of its broadbandservice, slated for launch this winter. Customers of the MSN Plus and MSN dial-up services will have to pay separately for the security software.
The bundle is part of a larger effort by Microsoft to entice customers to use high-speed broadband services. The Redmond, Wash.,
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Besides Internet access, MSN Premium is expected to include a digital photo editor, tight links between the Hotmail and Outlook e-mail applications, and enhanced spam-blocking.
Broadband-connected computers are considered more prone to virus attacks, because the connection is always on and facilitates instant messaging, peer-to-peer file sharing and downloads.have put corporations and consumers on notice that are needed to guard against intrusions.
"Recent threats such as Lovsan and Sobig have demonstrated the need for consumer users to have up-to-date, comprehensive and easy-to-use security technology installed on their computers," Todd Gebhart, a vice president at Santa Clara, Calif.-based Network Associates, said in a statement.