Microsoft has now officially launched its OneCare security product in the US, with other territories set to follow. The product brings anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall programs into one package for the equivalent of £26.50 per year to cover up to three machines.
The software is aimed at consumers and small businesses which currently have only the most basic protection against internet threats – Microsoft claims up to 70% of consumers either have no security software on their PC or have programs that are no longer updated. As well as providing security, OneCare also includes back-up software as well as email alerts about emerging threats and advice about what they need to do to counter them.
The security failings of Microsoft’s own software has led to the creation of a huge security industry, with Microsoft in competition with companies such as Symantec, McAfee and Trend Micro. Symantec and McAfee are now preparing all-in-one software packages that aim to do the same as OneCare.