Verizon teams up with McAfee to offer improved security suite

Verizon has announced that they will begin offering an improved version of their internet security suite to their FiOS and High Speed Internet customers based on McAfee technology.

"Our award-winning Internet security suite now becomes even more powerful with world-class security technology from McAfee," said Eric Bruno, Verizon’s vice president for product management. "We're excited to work with McAfee to provide VISS subscribers with an enhanced, robust security solution that simplifies online protection at home and in the small-business office."

“Working with Verizon gives us an opportunity to reach more than 9 million Internet users who need protection from the growing volume and sophistication of threats. We look forward to a long relationship that provides Verizon's users with the best technology and security products so that they can enjoy a safer online experience," said Todd Gebhart, McAfee’s executive vice president and general manager of consumer, mobile and small business.

The new security suite features a firewall with inbound and outbound filtering, along with anti-spam, anti-virus, and anti-spyware protection. In addition it also includes a family protection feature to keep children safe from exposure to inappropriate content on the Internet by filtering things such as keywords, phrases, and search results. It also allows parents to monitor instant messaging conversations and control access to e-mail.

Verizon Internet Security Suite is being offered to both consumers and small businesses at the current monthly subscription rates of $5.99 for coverage on up to three computers, $10.98 for up to six computers, and $15.97 for up to nine computers. In other news, Facebook announced last week that its user base will get 6 months free of McAfee protection.

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Adobe is bundling McAfee (rather sneakily in my opinion - you can of course uncheck it before download, but most people would notice) with Acrobat reader, at least on the Japanese site.

So basically they are going from non-existent and only there to appease the n00bs - to - bloated & non-existent and only there to appease the n00bs ?

Im getting FIOS next month... I cant wait until they start telling me how great [their] software is... LOL

Microsoft's Seccurity Essentials is a better product than the overfluffed offerings from Symantec, McAfee, Kapersky, et al. It's updated twice a day and has detected the few viruses that tried to infect my boxes. Its footprint is less than 10MB and it's FREE.

deinabog said,
Microsoft's Seccurity Essentials is a better product than the overfluffed offerings from Symantec, McAfee, Kapersky, et al. It's updated twice a day and has detected the few viruses that tried to infect my boxes. Its footprint is less than 10MB and it's FREE.

Yesss +1. Great program. It sometimes starts thrashing around but that's not very often. Very good program.

webeagle12 said,
either they are "tards" or mcafee getting desperate.

I believe most AV software have become desperate in some point of their experiences within the AV industry. Norton and ZoneAlarm used to offer free copies to corporations as a desperate attempt to spread their code and it seemed to work seeing that both Norton and ZoneAlarm have improved immensely within the last few years. McAfee on the other hand remains at the bottom of the food chain and is trying to gather what it can while it still can.

McAfee sucks big time for computers. Not sure how they are doing in the mobile market. Hope the phones will be usable after McAfee is installed.

sweetsam said,
Hope the phones will be usable after McAfee is installed.

This is for Verizon internet customers, not Verizon Wireless.

Edited by cowlick, Jan 20 2010, 6:25pm :

I don't get it either. Of all the security vendors out there, why McAfee? I've never been impressed with their products and generally steer everyone away from them.

gt2437 said,
I don't get it either. Of all the security vendors out there, why McAfee? I've never been impressed with their products and generally steer everyone away from them.

Me too.

neufuse said,
If they want to improve security, how about someone besides McAfee?

Quoted for truth. Even Microsoft Forefront does a better job that McAfee's anti-virus, and the Windows Firewall works just fine (I use Astaro at home for everything, but hey... anything but McAfee).

still1 said,
I dont trust macafee anymore. It didnt catch few virus in my PC.
I am happy with Kaspersky now.

Yeah, I used to use McAfee, but then it let a virus through. I haven't had any problems with Norton...