TalkTalk clarifies anti-malware project

Monday, August 23rd 2010
Clive Dorsman of TalkTalk has given further details on the provider's anti-malware scheme.
TalkTalk clarifies anti-malware project
Broadband provider TalkTalk has issued additional clarification on the development of its forthcoming free, opt-in internet security technology.

The initiative has proven to be controversial, with some analysts and customers claiming that the trial process - in which it keeps track of the websites visited by its users - is a potential breach of privacy.

However, the home broadband company's chief networks officer Clive Dorsman has moved to allay these fears by posting further details on the TalkTalk blog site.

Mr Dorsman explained that the anti-malware system filters and records website URLs visited by its customers. If a URL is found to be safe, it is stored on a "white list" for up to 24 hours and then deleted.

If the address contains malware, viruses or other irregularities, it is saved on a "black list" and deleted after a maximum of seven days.

The expert has previously stated that at least 70 per cent of malware is caught from an infected webpage.

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