Gone Phishing: Verizon Fights Back

By Naomi Graychase

March 25, 2008

Verizon celebrates Global Consumer Fraud Protection Month by adding new anti-phishing tools to its Internet Security Suite.

Verizon announced today that it has released a new set of tools intended to protect its broadband and wireless customers from spammers, hackers, and other online evildoers.  The announcement, which was timed with the third annual Global Consumer Fraud Protection Month (March), affects users of Verizon’s Internet Security Suite (VISS).

 

The new features are intended to protect users from phishing by alerting them when they attempt to access a known fraudulent Web site. If the tool detects a phishing site, a warning is displayed and the page is blocked. (If users insist on providing their personal information to a known fraudulent site, they can override the block by entering a password.)

 

"Nobody wants to become an identity thief's catch of the day," said Michael Cai, an analyst with Parks Associates in a Verizon press release today. According to Cai, 30 million Americans have been affected by phishing. New subscribers will get the phishing protection immediately; existing subscribers will have to wait until the end of next month.

 

Also added to the suite is PC Tune-Up, a tool intended to increase Web browser and system performance by running regular scans and automatic “tune-ups.”

 

These new features are added to Verizon’s existing suite of Internet Security apps, which includes anti-virus and anti-spyware tools, a firewall, a pop-up/ad blocker, parental controls, a “privacy manager,” which scans outgoing messages for sensitive information and offers cookie controls, and a “content management” tool that allows small businesses to dictate when their employees can access the Internet—and where they go online.

 

All of this potential coverage is not free, however. VISS is available to subscribers for an additional $4.99/month. More information is available at the Verizon Web site.

 

Naomi Graychase is Managing Editor at Wi-FiPlanet.



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