Easy-to-Use Software Reinforces Positive Internet Habits for Families
SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 03, 2009 - The world’s largest dedicated security company, McAfee, Inc. (NYSE:MFE), today announced the availability of McAfee® Family Protection, a new software program that can prevent a child from online dangers, such as viewing inappropriate content, participating in cyberbullying and engaging in risky interactions on social networking sites. McAfee Family Protection software gives parents the ability to monitor and track online activities, and then use the data to teach their kids responsible and safe Internet habits.
“Cyber threats are increasing exponentially, and at the same time more and more children are spending time online. I see these dangers every day and the threats are very real for kids,” said Brent Remai, vice president of consumer marketing at McAfee, and a father of three. “It takes both education and technology to protect kids from online dangers, and the McAfee Family Protection software makes it simple for parents to keep their kids safe online.”
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“I’ve been very concerned about my kids’ online safety over the last year,” said Michelle Quinn, a mother of three from Chicago, IL, and a participant in McAfee’s Family Protection software user trial. “I learned that my daughter was approached on IM by an older man and within a few days of meeting online was offered an airline ticket to meet him in person. I’ve also had fears of my boys being involved in cyberbullying. In the past, I have struggled to stay on top of my kids’ online activities, but after using McAfee Family Protection software I know that I can easily monitor their activities and they can continue to enjoy the Internet. The IM and social networking notifications will also put me at more ease.”
McAfee Family Protection software includes a variety of unique features appropriate for each age group to help parents keep their kids safe online. Now, parents can receive text or e-mail alerts when a child has tried to access banned Web sites; they can filter inappropriate YouTube videos; and they can completely block programs, such as IM, peer-to-peer or e-mail, in addition to Web sites with similar functionality. Unlike other products, it does not expose families to unwanted advertising within the product.
Parents who work or travel and do not have physical access to the family PC can still adjust program settings remotely by simply logging onto www.mcafeefamilyprotection.com and accessing their personal account.
About McAfee Family Protection
McAfee Family Protection software includes the following features:
McAfee Family Protection software costs $39.99 and works with McAfee’s consumer security suites including McAfee VirusScan® Plus, McAfee Internet Security and McAfee Total Protection as well as security products from other vendors. McAfee Family Protection software is available for purchase at www.mcafee.com. McAfee also expects to offer support for Apple, Inc.’s iPhone platform in the second half of the year.
About McAfee, Inc.
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