Two new services made available to protect gamers from harmful websites and internet crime
UK, Marlow Monday 28th April 2009 – Trend Micro Incorporated has today announced that its web security services will be made available to users of both PlayStation 3 (PS3) and PlayStation Portable (PSP). With the increasing number of gamers now connected to the web, Sony has taken the precautionary step to provide their handheld and video game console users with protection against online crime.
Since November 2007, Trend Micro has provided a trial of its Total Web Security Service for PS3 and PSP worldwide. This will now be reorganized into two new services that will be released in a ‘pay per use’ format for PS3 on Monday May 11th 2009 and as a free service* for PSP users on X April 2009. Trend Micro Kids’ Safety uses URL filtering technology and controls access by children of harmful websites. Trend Micro Web Security uses Web Reputation technology and executes measures against internet crime by blocking access to dishonest and fraudulent websites. The two web security services will be available to users globally in 16 different languages.
“We are happy to announce this partnership with Sony today. By having our technology in place, PS3 and PSP users all over the world can enjoy a fully connected gaming experience without the worries of internet crime,” commented Rik Ferguson, senior security advisor from Trend Micro.
Details of Each Service
Trend Micro Kids’ Safety which blocks connection to harmful websites
When user accesses websites from PS3 or PSP, URL filtering technology is used to block access to websites classified as belonging to certain categories (Adult/Sex, Cults/The Occult, Gambling, Crime, Illegal Drugs, Alcohol/Tobacco, Sex Education, Weapons/Military and Violence/Discrimination etc), thereby reducing the risk of children accessing harmful websites.
Trend Micro Web Security for protection against internet crime such as fraudulent acquisition of passwords
When user accesses website from PS3 or PSP, verification from domain name is performed against the high speed Web Reputation Database for assessment of website safety. Web Reputation supports Trend Micro’s special cloud based security technology architecture Trend Micro Smart Protection Network, correlation with the File Reputation Services and E-mail Reputation Services. In this way, connection to malicious websites, such as fraudulent sites, is immediately blocked and the fraudulent acquisition of account information or passwords is prevented.
£14.95 for PS3. £26.95 for the bundle of the two products (PSP and PS3)
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About Trend Micro Incorporated
Trend Micro Incorporated is a pioneer in secure content and threat management. Founded in 1988, Trend Micro provides individuals and organizations of all sizes with award-winning security software, hardware and services. With headquarters in Tokyo and operations in more than 30 countries, Trend Micro solutions are sold through corporate and value-added resellers and service providers worldwide. For additional information and evaluation copies of Trend Micro products and services, visit our Web site at www.trendmicro-consumer.com .
About Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), based in London, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and sales of PLAYSTATION®3, PlayStation®2, PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) and PlayStation®Network software and hardware in 99 territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. SCEE also develops, publishes, markets and distributes entertainment software for these formats, and manages the third party licensing programs for the formats in these territories. Since the launch of PLAYSTATION 3 in November 2006, over 21.3 million units have been sold globally and continue to be sold at a record level. Maintaining its position as one of the most successful consumer electronic products in history, PlayStation 2 has sold over 136.3 million systems worldwide. Since its launch at the end of 2004, over 50 million PSPs have been sold globally, highlighting the importance of the portable entertainment market. With the huge increase in interest and accessibility of network applications and network gaming, over 20 million accounts have registered to PlayStation Network, the free-to-access interactive environment, and over 380 million items have been downloaded.
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