NEW YORK -- Microsoft gives away a security firewall with its latest operating system. Many high-speed Internet service providers offer free anti-virus protection for subscribers. And several Web sites distribute free toolbars to warn of Web scams.
AOL even recently made a package of basic security tools - anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall programs - available for free to anyone, not just paying subscribers.
ATLANTA, GA. Tom Noonan, chief executive officer of Internet Security Systems (ISS), plans to use an opening bell ceremony at the Nasdaq to warn executives about continuing vulnerabilities to computers and networks.
Cupertino (CA) - Symantec has launched new versions of two of its Internet security software titles. Norton Antivirus 2007 and Norton Internet Security 2007 provide computers with safeguards against spyware, viruses, and even phishing schemes.
According to Symantec, improved technology enables the new Antivirus software to automatically detect an upcoming security threat and will block it from affecting the user's computer, even without needing to obtain authorization. It is also able to block attacks from worms or viruses that mask themselves from virus protection software.
GRISOFT announced the availability of a public beta version of AVG Internet Security 7.5, its new comprehensive anti-malware security suite. In addition to the new security suite, public beta versions for the entire AVG 7.5 computer security portfolio are available, including new products, as well as updated versions with significant improvements.
Microsoft's Vista developers can't catch a break these days. After years of warnings from security researchers that old code in Windows was creating security risks, the software giant decided to rewrite key parts of the operating system.
The result? Last month, Symantec published a report suggesting all of this new code will introduce new security problems.
"The network stack in Windows Vista was rewritten from the ground up. In deciding to rewrite the stack, Microsoft has removed a large body of tried and tested code and replaced it," Symantec wrote, noting that it found vulnerabilities in the Windows Vista networking software.