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Tech Buzz 03/05

New domain options, secure ISPs and more

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Security Blanket

The cost of internet security software can add up with anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-pop-ups. But you could shave some of those off your budget, depending on which ISP you use.

One of the big movers and shakers in this area is AOL. AOL 9.0 Security Edition offers McAfee VirusScan Online, anti-spam controls, spyware protection, anti-spim features and a firewall for free. That's a lot of software users don't have to buy separately anymore. Previously, AOL charged an extra $2.95 per month for a lot of those capabilities. For entrepreneurs who already use AOL, that's a big plus. For those looking for a basic internet provider, that free security setup could sway your choice and save you money. AOL's move in this direction should push other providers to offer similar services.

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