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New Ihug Product Targets Viruses & Junk Mail

Published: Fri 31 Aug 2001 09:44 AM
Ihug has today unveiled i-Spy - a new range of online services to guard against computer viruses, inappropriate websites and unwanted email.
i-Spy offers Ihug customers a range of easy to use filtering services for as little as $2.50 per month. Key features of the new online protection services include:
a.. An email filter to protect against computer viruses
b.. Junk and Spam filters to stop unwanted email
c.. A family Filter to control Internet access for youngsters
Ihug has launched i-Spy by joining forces with several industry specialists. Trend Micro, N2H2 Pty Ltd (formerly known as iseek) and Mail Abuse System are all leaders in the design and performance of Internet filtering services.
Ihug spokesperson Karli Fountain says the explosive growth of computer viruses and junk email has prompted the move to offer customers affordable online protection. "Around the world, the number of computer virus victims becoming infected via email is growing rapidly," she says.
"At Ihug, we receive more than 30 calls every day from people who have either suffered a virus attack, or who want more information of how to protect themselves.
Ms Fountain says about 90 per cent of virus attacks now arrive via email.
"Ihug has responded by developing affordable online protection for customers. Our main aim was to come up with a range of services that are convenient, and easy to set up and use."
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Ihug is the first Internet Service Provider (ISP) in New Zealand to offer virus protection which is ISP-enabled (i.e. operating from the company's own servers). Ms Fountain says because the services are ISP-enabled, customers won't have to download software or purchase any expensive software in advance.
"i-Spy offers fast, easy and affordable protection. It reflects Ihug's innovative approach to new products, and our continued effort to make the online experience easier and more enjoyable for our customers".
Product Detail & Pricing i-Spy is available as a combined package, or individual services can be purchased separately.
(a) i-Spy Max: Consists of all 3 services - ie: email virus and junk mail filtering plus a family filter login - bundled into one great value package - for $5.00 per month
(b) i-Spy Mail Minder: A Combo deal that providing customers with protection from email viruses and junk email - for $4.00 per month
(c) Each individual service ie: Spam filter, Junk Mail filter or Family Filter costs just $2.50 each per month.
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