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July 21, 2010

McAfee extends consumer protection with new products for Mac

Empowers consumers to surf web safely and allows parents to filter inappropriate content from their children.

By CBR Staff Writer

Security software company McAfee has extended its protection to Mac consumers with the launch of Internet Security and Family Protection for Mac.

The company’s Internet Security for Mac includes SiteAdvisor technology that protects users from malicious Web sites, browser exploits and notifies users whether an ecommerce site has been scanned by McAfee for potential vulnerabilities.

The technology provides site ratings in 22 search engines, and features phishing protection that will alert users to sites that may try to steal personal identities or gain access to financial information.

McAfee said that its Internet Security features search tool Secure Search, which allows users to search, explore and shop more securely. Its Two-Way Firewall Protection feature monitors all data entering and leaving the Mac and blocks hackers from accessing the computer, while Advanced Malware Scanning detects, blocks, and removes all Windows and Mac based viruses, spyware, and adware.

McAfee Family Protection’s Web blocking allows parents to block up to 35 different categories of content, preventing children from visiting sites related to topics like drugs or pornography. Keyword search filtering prevents children from searching for terms prohibited by parents.

Activity reports provide parents a full view of their children’s Internet activity. Instant notifications are sent to parents by email or text message when a child tries to access inappropriate sites.

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The company said Family Protection’s Time limits functionality allow parents to manage the amount of time children use the Internet. Program blocking enables parents to block specific applications installed on the Mac, while encrypted site blocking provides a deeper layer of protection against accessing Web sites that are encrypted.

Todd Gebhart, executive vice president and general manager of consumer, mobile and small business at McAfee, said: "McAfee Internet Security suite helps Apple users confidently live their digital lives.

"It will protect Mac users from the growing threats users experience while searching the Internet every day, and McAfee Family Protection allows parents to keep a watchful eye over their kids’ activities."

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