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.