Users of Barclays' online bank service are to be given free security software, after the company signed a two-year deal with security vendor Kaspersky.
Customers who sign up for Barclays' online banking service will be offered a two-year licence of Kaspersky Internet Security software free of charge, to protect against internet fraud and online identity theft. The software normally retails for £49.99 per year.
Barclays customers will be able to download the product - which includes anti-virus software as well as spyware, adware, firewalls, parental controls and spam filters - from the bank's web banking site. Barclays will also allow customers to download the software on up to three personal computers for each licence so that customers can protect all the computers in the same household.
For the last two years, Barclays has offered its customers free anti-virus software. In 2007, Barclays started offering a two factor authentication system, PINsentry, to protect customers against phishing attacks and fraudsters getting hold of customer security information. Over one million PINsentry authentication devices have already been sent out to customers.
Commenting on the latest security offering, Sean Gilchrist, director of digital banking for Barclays, said: "For the last two years we have offered customers free anti-virus software, but as Internet fraudsters become more sophisticated it is important that customers protect their computers from all threats and not just viruses."