Barclays is continuing the trend of banks offering free security solutions to their online customers, by providing free F-Secure anti-virus software to its 1.6 million e-banking customers.
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With banks being increasingly targeted by international online fraud gangs, Barclays took the decision to offer a free two-year license to F-Secure’s AV solution.
Barclays decision follows a recent move by HSBC to offer all its business customers free security tokens to help protect access to their systems.
Both banks have also recently upgraded their fraud detection systems to allow them to spot potential fraud patterns and anomalies on customer accounts quicker.
At the beginning of the year Barclays offered its online customers cut-price licences to the F-Secure software, but it has now struck a deal with the supplier which enables it to give away the software.
Barnaby Davis, Barclays Bank director of electronic banking, said, “Studies show that nearly two-thirds of home PCs don’t have active virus protection, and one in five is actually infected by a virus, placing people at risk from data theft as well as damage to their computers.”
The AV service would normally cost users over £45 over two years. Barclays Bank customers using F-Secure Anti-Virus product will also have the option to upgrade to F-Secure’s flagship Internet Security product, for a reduced price of £9.95 a year (usual price £38.95).