PlayStation 3 receives Trend Micro security service

As reported by PS3Addiction, Trend Micro, a leader in antivirus and network software, has begun to offer a new security service for Sony's PlayStation 3 web browser. With the latest PlayStation 3 firmware of 2.70, Trend Micro is offering a trial of its security service in two versions.

The first comes in the form of a web filter. This option will allow parents to filter out adult content and spam, helping to keep children safe on the Internet. The filter works by removing images and search results of inappropriate matter as well as blocking websites known to contain adult and illegal material.

The second is a privacy lock which helps to protect players' personal information from hackers. The privacy lock will secure data such as email addresses, passwords and credit card details as well as blocking phishing websites that aim to steal personal information.

Trend Micro is the first company to create a security service for the PlayStation 3, giving added peace of mind to the growing amount of gamers. The feature was originally announced by the company in 2007, with a planned release in the firmware 2.0 update.

To install the trial of this software, open your PlayStation 3 web browser, press the triangle on your controller and scroll down to "Browser Security". Once the security center has been opened, click on the "Trend Micro for PlayStation 3" link and simply follow the proceeding instructions.

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For Symbian cellphones exist not one but three antivirus and yet there are not any virus for this platform.

So yes, many antivirus and security measures are just FUD.

Why is that? What about parents who want to block their children's access to porn sites? That is part of what this is. Oh, wait, I get it, you are one of the people who didn't read past the headline.

trend micro's solution is not an antivirus. Its just and web and phishing filter. A must have feature. Firefox has it already...

trend micro has been in the ps3 since it launched, this article is wrong it's only just started to charge for what was free

Talk about inferring something incorrectly. Who said anything about AV for the PS3?

The first comes in the form of a web filter. This option will allow parents to filter out adult content and spam, helping to keep children safe on the Internet. The filter works by removing images and search results of inappropriate matter as well as blocking websites known to contain adult and illegal material.

The second is a privacy lock which helps to protect players' personal information from hackers. The privacy lock will secure data such as email addresses, passwords and credit card details as well as blocking phishing websites that aim to steal personal information.


Hmm... parental controls and privacy. If it works, sounds like a good idea to me.

Regression_88 said,
Talk about inferring something incorrectly. Who said anything about AV for the PS3?


Hmm... parental controls and privacy. If it works, sounds like a good idea to me.


A lot of people never get past the titles

NeoTrunks said,
A lot of people never get past the titles :)


Personally, I think mods should start handing out warnings to users who post without reading the article. It would discourage a lot of the pointless ranting that people tend to do here.

roadwarrior said,
Personally, I think mods should start handing out warnings to users who post without reading the article. It would discourage a lot of the pointless ranting that people tend to do here.


Perhaps you would feel more comfortable going elsewhere!

We won't be testing or getting a AV for the PS3 EVER!
Besides with 2 quad core gaming systems, 1 HTPC and a Laptop......we RARELY use the PS3 for browsing.

Trend is just looking for money as MS is getting closer to launching there FREE Security package, No doubt Norton, Mcafee and others will all start looking for more revenue streams too.

The PS3 is the only current gen console that cannot run unsigned code(i.e. homebrews and backups). How would a 3rd party be able to compromise your PS3 when you can't even!

I'll go out on a limb and guess that the first breach of the PS3 hypervisor will go straight through Trend's software. >_

It's not that they probably can't, it's more like, who wants to spend so much money on BDRs and d/ling 15-25GB for one game? Now that you can install games to the HDD though, who knows. They got linux on it way before Sony supported it officially, so that's unsigned code isn't it?

GP007 said,
It's not that they probably can't, it's more like, who wants to spend so much money on BDRs and d/ling 15-25GB for one game? Now that you can install games to the HDD though, who knows. They got linux on it way before Sony supported it officially, so that's unsigned code isn't it?

Linux was supported from day 1, what are you on about? And you can't install games to the hard drive, certain games require it to aid loading speed (they only cache parts of the disc, not the whole thing) and others give you an option.

GP007 said,
They got linux on it way before Sony supported it officially, so that's unsigned code isn't it?


Sony supported installing Linux from the very beginning, so what the hell are you talking about?

I also agree that Trend Micro sucks. I had it, but was always getting popups way to often, and it was crashing my browser. No matter what my thoughts were, Trend Micro would deny such things. Half way into my subscription, I dropped them. Trend Micro truely does suck! A leader my A**. Last time I checked, they where in the number 7th spot out of 10.

I've been using Trend Micro for years and I've had none of that happen to me. They are in my humble opinion one of the best AV solutions out there, the 2008 version was abit of a let down (it was quite slow and very annoying at times) but 2009 is right on the mark and is quite fast and unobtrusive. However, each to their own.

Xerxes said,
I've been using Trend Micro for years and I've had none of that happen to me. They are in my humble opinion one of the best AV solutions out there, the 2008 version was abit of a let down (it was quite slow and very annoying at times) but 2009 is right on the mark and is quite fast and unobtrusive. However, each to their own.


Yeah, this was the version I was having trouble with as well. In the past I had no problems with it, as I thought it too was the best. But after the 2007 version, it seemed that the quality of the application was moving backwards, and with the results that I mentioned, I decided enough was enough. I decided to go with something a little higher on the list of the best reviewed.

I agree, I tried Trend Micro and I was not impressed.
I don't see why more people/companies move towards just making games for the pc since damn near everyone has one and phase out consoles. They already have wireless controllers that you can hook to your pc and you can you can hook your computer to the HDTV. For the 400 bucks of a ps3 you can buy a cheap pc. I don't like sitting at my computer desk all day playing games. Most games don't support controllers, which makes no sense. The only alternative is to use xpadder. I haven't really tried it out yet though.

b1kshad0w said,
I agree, I tried Trend Micro and I was not impressed.
I don't see why more people/companies move towards just making games for the pc since damn near everyone has one and phase out consoles. They already have wireless controllers that you can hook to your pc and you can you can hook your computer to the HDTV. For the 400 bucks of a ps3 you can buy a cheap pc. I don't like sitting at my computer desk all day playing games. Most games don't support controllers, which makes no sense. The only alternative is to use xpadder. I haven't really tried it out yet though.


I strongly agree with you b1ksshad0w.

b1kshad0w said,
I agree, I tried Trend Micro and I was not impressed.
I don't see why more people/companies move towards just making games for the pc since damn near everyone has one and phase out consoles. They already have wireless controllers that you can hook to your pc and you can you can hook your computer to the HDTV. For the 400 bucks of a ps3 you can buy a cheap pc. I don't like sitting at my computer desk all day playing games. Most games don't support controllers, which makes no sense. The only alternative is to use xpadder. I haven't really tried it out yet though.

The thing with PCs is that they're too variable and are constantly being outdated. You also have to consider their power; a $400 PC that you bought at Best Buy probably wouldn't be able to run that copy of Gears of War at the same framerate, resolution, and texture detail that your $299 Xbox 360 would. At least not with some tweaking and possibly additional (better) hardware thrown in. And while you very well could build a rig that would blow away any of the consoles, you won't do it at the price and without a bit of knowledge about what you're doing; and that's just not the market that consoles are aimed at.

NeoTrunks said,


+1
The thing with PCs is that they're too variable and are constantly being outdated. You also have to consider their power; a $400 PC that you bought at Best Buy probably wouldn't be able to run that copy of Gears of War at the same framerate, resolution, and texture detail that your $299 Xbox 360 would. At least not with some tweaking and possibly additional (better) hardware thrown in. And while you very well could build a rig that would blow away any of the consoles, you won't do it at the price and without a bit of knowledge about what you're doing; and that's just not the market that consoles are aimed at.


Only on Sony consoleâ„¢ . Cause it's actually a PC with a different OS.

It was a matter of time really.

Boz said,
Only on Sony console . Cause it's actually a PC with a different OS.

It was a matter of time really.

How would the Xbox 360 or even the Wii be any different?

roadwarrior said,

How would the Xbox 360 or even the Wii be any different?

They are true consoles. PS3 is basically a personal computer with operating system. This was obvious since day one when you had to install most of the stuff. The fact that you can install and alternate OS also confirms that. Since it's a personal computer it was/will be just a matter of time when hackers and similar will try to take over your PS3. This simply can't happen with Xbox or Nintendo.

Boz said,

They are true consoles. PS3 is basically a personal computer with operating system. This was obvious since day one when you had to install most of the stuff. The fact that you can install and alternate OS also confirms that. Since it's a personal computer it was/will be just a matter of time when hackers and similar will try to take over your PS3. This simply can't happen with Xbox or Nintendo.

Boz did you forget the Wii has a browser as well?

And people need to read the article, it's not a typical antivirus software running on your PS3 OS, it's for the browser to filter content and block your information from going anywhere from the likes of phishing websites.

Boz said,

They are true consoles. PS3 is basically a personal computer with operating system. This was obvious since day one when you had to install most of the stuff. The fact that you can install and alternate OS also confirms that. Since it's a personal computer it was/will be just a matter of time when hackers and similar will try to take over your PS3. This simply can't happen with Xbox or Nintendo.

With some time and patience, you can install Linux on an iPod or a Nintendo DS. I wouldn't call them personal computers, though. It's all semantics, really. All of the above are computers.

Boz said,
They are true consoles. PS3 is basically a personal computer with operating system. This was obvious since day one when you had to install most of the stuff. The fact that you can install and alternate OS also confirms that. Since it's a personal computer it was/will be just a matter of time when hackers and similar will try to take over your PS3. This simply can't happen with Xbox or Nintendo.


The only thing differentiating the Xbox 360 from the PS3 in this respect is the fact that Sony actively encourages installing Linux on the console while Microsoft actively discourages it. The hardware of the two systems is substantially the same. The ironic thing is that people have already managed to defeat the security of the 360 and Wii, allowing people to play backup (i.e. pirated) games. This has yet to be accomplished with the PS3.

Also, as Audioboxer pointed out, it seems that you didn't actually read the article. This is simply adding what amounts to parental controls and identity theft protection to the PS3 web browser. Those are things that ANY system (console or otherwise) should take advantage of.

roadwarrior said,

How would the Xbox 360 or even the Wii be any different?



There isn't any difference, this is TrendMicro making a money grab and Boz showing his ignorance.

roadwarrior said,

How would the Xbox 360 or even the Wii be any different?


Psst. The Xbox doesn't have a web browser, it doesn't need one.

As for the Wii, well, you've gotta be pretty bored to want to infect someone's Wii.

LiquidSolstice said,



Psst. The Xbox doesn't have a web browser, it doesn't need one.

As for the Wii, well, you've gotta be pretty bored to want to infect someone's Wii.


1. I wasn't aware that the Xbox 360 didn't have a browser. Thanks for that little tidbit of info. Yet another reason that buying one would be a waste of my money.

2. the "it doesn't need one" comment is kind of silly. It is an internet connected device with a display. It is absolutely rediculous that it DOESN'T have one. Do a quick Google search on "xbox 360 browser" and you'll see that there are lots of people trying to figure out ways to add one (I discovered this after your comment led me to look into it).

3. it is obvious that you didn't read the article. This security software has nothing to do with the console being "infected", it is there for parental control (to keep Junior off of the naughty sites) and for identity protection.

I'm still shocked to learn that Microsoft neglected to add something as simple as a web browser to their console. Then again, it isn't surprising at all when you realize that Microsoft doesn't seem to have the first clue about how to successfully port an app (in this case IE) to any other platform besides Windows on x86 based chips without it either sucking majorly or lagging behind the Wintel release by several generations.

Xerxes said,
What is wrong with that? They are a business after all Anyway, I swear by Trend Micro so I welcome this :)

I tend to swear AT trend micro ... Horrible software

Xerxes said,
What is wrong with that? They are a business after all Anyway, I swear by Trend Micro so I welcome this :)

every single anti virus comparison site disagrees

Neoauld said,
every single anti virus comparison site disagrees

I don't care what the comparison sites say, a lot are paid under the table to say whatever the anti-virus companies tell them too anyway. I tend to judge these things based on how it runs on my system and from personal experience, Trend Micro has been the best for me. I'm sure there are more light weight, faster AV solutions out there but I'm not stingy about how much RAM my AV uses or how much HDD space it takes like some poeple are.