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Lloyds TSB filters e-mail

Lloyds TSB bank has added an extra layer of security to its anti-virus defences, following concerns that the time lag in updating...

Lloyds TSB bank has added an extra layer of security to its anti-virus defences, following concerns that the time lag in updating its existing software with new virus signatures could leave its systems vulnerable to attack.

The company has become one of the first major finance houses in the UK to sign up to an e-mail filtering service, run by MessageLabs, to protect more than 15,000 customers.

Last year's Badtrans virus showed that it can take two or three days for security firms to issue new anti-virus signatures, and banks to install them.

MessageLabs has guaranteed that its service will filter out every virus from e-mails, including those as yet undiscovered, by using programs that recognise established threats and detect the characteristic patterns of new viruses.

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