REDMOND, Wash., and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 8, 2004 — The MSN® network of Internet services, the world’s No. 1 online destination, and Network Associates Inc., the leading provider of intrusion prevention solutions, today announced the broad availability of McAfee® Security’s anti-virus and personal firewall services as part of MSN Premium subscription service for broadband users in the United States.
MSN Premium subscribers receive McAfee VirusScan®
* and McAfee Personal Firewall Plus* desktop-protection services as part of their subscription to MSN Premium. In addition, MSN Plus and MSN Dial-Up Internet Access subscribers will be able to access trial versions of the services and purchase them through the MSN site.
“MSN Premium was built on the feedback of more than 25,000 customers, who told us online safety is their first concern,”
said Richard Bray, vice president for MSN at Microsoft Corp.
“By delivering top anti-virus and firewall capabilities available from an industry leader, MSN Premium offers comprehensive safety solutions at a tremendous value.”
McAfee VirusScan is a completely automatic anti-virus software service that helps protect a consumer’s PC, files and e-mail address book from known high-risk viruses, worms and Trojan horses. McAfee Personal Firewall Plus helps prevent potential hackers and other Internet threats from entering and infecting users’ PCs by acting as a protective barrier between the PC and the Internet.
These premium services provide users with desktop solutions that go beyond server-level e-mail protection to help guard against PC infection from instant messaging, peer-to-peer file sharing, Web-site downloads and more. Both services are offered to MSN Premium customers as part of their subscription.
“Broadband users, who face additional online security risks because of their always-on connection, need extra protection that is easy to use against online security threats such as viruses and hacker attacks,”
said Bill Kerrigan, senior vice president with the McAfee Security group at Network Associates.
“The Network Associates industry-leading McAfee Security Services provide comprehensive online protection that complements the MSN Web service offering.”
MSN Premium, the new all-in-one premier subscription service from MSN, is the most sweeping broadband-focused offering ever created by MSN. It is designed to deliver what customers care about most: advanced communication tools, industry-leading security and protection, and rich information and productivity services that enhance the online experience and make them more efficient online.
MSN attracts more than 350 million unique users worldwide per month. With localized versions available globally in 38 markets and 18 languages, MSN is a world leader in delivering Web services to consumers and ad sales to businesses worldwide. MSN 8 is the first Internet software product to have earned the trusted Good Housekeeping Seal. The most useful and innovative online service today, MSN brings consumers everything they need from the Web to make the most of their time online. MSN is located on the Web at http://www.msn.com/ . MSN worldwide sites are located at http://www.msn.com/worldwide.ashx .
About Network Associates
With headquarters in Santa Clara, California, Network Associates, Inc. (NYSE: NET), creates best-of-breed computer security solutions that prevent intrusions on networks and protect computer systems from the next generation of blended attacks and threats. Offering two families of products, McAfee System Protection Solutions, securing desktops and servers, and McAfee Network Protection Solutions, ensuring the protection and performance of the corporate network, Network Associates offers computer security to large enterprises, governments, small and medium-sized businesses, and consumers. For more information, Network Associates can be reached at (972) 963-8000 or on the Internet at http://www.networkassociates.com/ .
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software any time, any place and on any device.
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