Yahoo users get pre-click search risk alert

Security solutions firm McAfee has partnered with Yahoo! to launch SearchScan feature that provides always-on alerts to users for dodgy websites with security concerns such as spyware, adware and other malware. SearchScan also identifies sites that have shown bad email practices.

In addition, SearchScan alerts users to potentially risky sites with a red warning sign in search results, allowing users to proceed with caution. In its beta version, SearchScan displays McAfee alerts optimal for the Yahoo! Search user, and does not include all McAfee SiteAdvisor red ratings.

The beta version of SearchScan is available for Yahoo! Search users in the US, Canada, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Spain. The McAfee Yahoo! partnership is a multi-year, global agreement with additional elements, including bringing Yahoo! Search to McAfee users, in the next few months.

During this beta period, SearchScan displays McAfee alerts optimal for the Yahoo! Search user, and it does not include all McAfee SiteAdvisor red ratings.

̶0;[According to the March 2008 Decipher Online Security & Web Search consumer survey], after children̵7;s safety, 65 per cent of Americans online are more worried about clicking unsecured search listings than the threat of neighbourhood crime, getting one̵7;s wallet stolen, or email scams,̶1; says Vish Makhijani, senior vice president and general manager of Yahoo! Search.

Further information:
www.mcafee.com
www.yahoo.com

Image: Americans online are said to be more worried about clicking unsecured search listings

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