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Telewest Broadband Launches PCGuard

# 22 August 2005, 12:27 by Cable Forum

A Telewest broadband press release informs us that the cable company has today, launched one of the most comprehensive online security services offered by a British ISP, helping to curb the misery caused by viruses, hackers and other online threats for its blueyonder broadband internet customers.

Click here to go to the Blueyonder PCGuard homepage

Over 850,000 cable customers will have access to the blueyonder PCguard service from today, before new internet customers can start receiving it as part of the standard broadband installation during September.

Unlike security offerings from many other ISPs, new customers will not have to activate or configure the applications themselves and the interface is designed to be as user-friendly as possible. Customers will be protected before they start surfing The package includes:

  • State of the art firewall
  • Anti-virus software
  • Anti-spyware software
  • Pop-up blocker
  • Parental control services
  • Automatic updates

The service will initially be free to all blueyonder broadband complete and blueyonder broadband elite customers. Customers taking the entry-level blueyonder broadband service will get the full package free until the end of the year, before having the option of paying for some elements on a monthly basis.

PCguard is intended to become an integral part of the blueyonder experience and will be the only service of its kind to be available as a single download for existing customers. Automatic updates will ensure users can continue to surf more safely.

The PCguard service comes at a time when research shows nearly three-quarters (74%) of blueyonder customers are worried about online security.

Eric Tveter, president and chief operating officer of Telewest Broadband, said: “We have thought very carefully about meeting the internet safety concerns of our customers. PCguard provides a simple, yet comprehensive security solution. It’s designed to be an easy, seamless experience, offering complete peace of mind for our customers.”

The services are provided by Radialpoint, a leading provider of managed internet services for broadband providers. Its security services are currently available to over 14 million subscribers world-wide.

For more information on PCguard, please click the above banner which will take you straight to the Blueyonder PCGuard homepage.

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