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McAfee, Inc. the global leader in Intrusion Prevention and Security Risk Management, and Skype, the global Internet communications company, today announced that the McAfee® Internet Security Suite 2006, McAfee VirusScan® 2006 and McAfee Personal Firewall™ 2006 products have been Skype Certified™. This confirms that these McAfee security products meet Skype’s strict standards for security, quality and usability.
Both Skype and McAfee are committed to helping Internet users protect the information stored on their PCs. Now Skype Certified, McAfee Internet Security Suite and VirusScan provide added security for all data on a person’s computer. For example, files sent using the Skype file transfer function can be easily scanned by the Skype certified McAfee products, adding an extra layer of protection to documents shared in an already secure environment. Skype calls and chats have always been and will remain private and protected using Skype’s encryption technology.
“We have over 113 million customers and we want our community to use their computers in the safest way possible, which includes having virus protection,” said Kurt Sauer, Skype’s Chief Security Officer. “Skype is already very secure, and McAfee’s products are complementary, securing the rest of the PC environment.”
From today, McAfee Internet Security Suite 2006, McAfee VirusScan 2006 and McAfee Personal Firewall 2006 will all be Skype certified. The McAfee Internet Security Suite 2006 will also carry the Skype certification mark on retail packaging.
According to Sarah Whipp, Senior Director, EMEA Marketing, McAfee, “We are very committed to providing Internet users with the best possible experience in a fully protected PC environment. McAfee is delighted to be working with Skype because together, we can ensure users stay safe online.”
Skype Certified McAfee products are available online at: http://www.mcafeestore.com/ and are currently available at leading retailers across Europe. This is a global agreement. Initial rollout has begun throughout EMEA and will move to other regions in the near future.
McAfee Internet Security Suite 2006 prevents viruses, spyware, hackers, and “phishing” scams that may result in lost files, identity theft, and poor PC performance. McAfee Internet Security Suite blocks unwanted junk e-mail, intrusive pop-up ads and filters unwanted or offensive Internet and e-mail content.
Skype software is built upon a robust Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and incorporates industry standard advanced encryption technology that uses 256-bit AES, SHA-1 and RSA algorithms. Skype provides seamless end-to-end encryption for all of its users, which no other VoIP or IM vendors provide today.