Tuesday, May 10, 2011

DPI Deployments (68): TalkTalk [UK] Launches Free, Opt-in, Parental Control/Malware Detection Service

TalkTalk announced that it  ".. has launched HomeSafe; the UK’s first network level broadband security service. HomeSafe is unique in providing protection at a network level rather than on an individual computer, which means it works on all devices connected to a home broadband connection – from PCs and laptops to smartphones and games consoles .. All settings can be changed, or turned on or off, by the account holder at any time ..  The default setting of the services is ‘off’ ".

See "TalkTalk launches major new internet security product to provide network-level protection"  - here
The solution was provided by Huawei and operates by checking/filtering URLs - See "TalkTalk Uses Huawei to Detect Malware (or Parental Control?)" - here
The 3 services launched under the HomeSafe product are: 
  • Virus Alerts – a simple click will enable an alert system which blocks web pages infected with any kind of malware, to protect customers’ computers and other devices;
  • KidsSafe parental controls – allows the TalkTalk account holder to block the content they don’t want to be accessed through their connection, such as pornography, violence and/or gambling.
  • Homework Time – this allows parents to block social networking sites like Facebook and online gaming which are common sources of distraction for school children from their homework.
Tristia Clarke, Commercial Director of TalkTalk said: "..Of course, it’s not a silver bullet and it doesn’t absolve parents from the responsibility of knowing what their children are up to online. But our research shows parents understand this. They don’t want their ISP to control what content they can or can’t access online – they just want their ISP to give them the power to implement settings that are right for their family".


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