Barclays Offer Free Complete Online Security Software to all Customers
on: September 4, 2008, 6:27 am
Release Author: Barclays
Release Summary: Barclays has become the first bank to offer complete
free online security software to all its customers
Release Body: Barclays has become the first UK
bank to offer all its two million online banking customers free
internet security software covering not only anti-virus software
but also spyware, adware, firewalls, parental controls and spam
offer is available to all Barclays customers
who sign up for its online
banking. The software provided by leading internet security
firm Kaspersky normally retails for £51
for an annual subscription, but Barclays will
offer it completely free of charge with customers able to download
it from its online banking website.
follows on from Barclays
becoming the first UK bank to roll out its two factor
authentication system, PINsentry, in 2007 which protects customers
against phishing attacks and fraudsters getting hold of customer
security information. Over 1 million PINsentry readers have already
been sent out to customers.
Gilchrist, Director of Digital Banking for Barclays,
said: "For the last two years we have offered customers
free anti-virus software, but as internet fraudsters become more
sophisticated it is important that customers protect their computers
from all threats and not just viruses. Kaspersky has one of the
best reputations in the business and together with PINsentry we
believe Barclays online customers will have one of the best security
packages of all online banks."
has signed a two year agreement to provide the Kaspersky
software which will be worth £102 to customers.
Barclays will also allow customers to download
security software on up to three personal computers for each
licence so that customers can protect all the computers in the
customers that do not currently bank online can register by going
to Barclays.co.uk. Non-Barclays customers can
gain access to the free software by opening a Barclays
account in branch or online.
Registered users can download additional online video content
including a number of clips of Sean Gilchrist, Barclays Digital
Banking Director, outlining the launch of Kaspersky, the importance
of security and top tips for consumers to keep them safe. Downloads
are available from www2.vismedia.co.uk/login.php
Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged
in retail and commercial banking, credit cards, investment banking,
wealth management and investment management services, with an
extensive international presence in Europe, the USA, Africa and
over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates
in over 50 countries and employs 143,000 people.
currently moves, lends, invests and protects money for over 38
million customers and clients worldwide.
Details: Andrew McDougall
Retail Banking PR Manager
1 Churchill Place
t: +44 (0)20 7116 6159
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