AOL details safety features of upcoming software

AOL details safety features of upcoming software

America Online (AOL) has detailed some of the safety features of its upcoming AOL 9.0 software for broadband, including adaptive spam and URL-filtering as well as a new feature to address instant messaging (IM) spam.

The safety push underscores AOL’s secure and family-friendly Net strategy and is also meant to guard against similar offerings from rival Microsoft’s MSN service.

AOL 9.0 for broadband is due out mid-year, firstly as a download that will be exclusively available to AOL members.

It will feature email anti-virus scanning, a customised firewall, adaptive spam filtering and enhanced parental controls.

The software will be available as part of AOL’s bundled service and to customers of AOL’s bring-your-own-access (BYOA) service where users connect using a third-party broadband provider.

The software has new anti-spam offerings such as a “spam” email folder where suspected spam is automatically routed, as well as image and URL-blocking from unknown email senders.

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