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Hat tip to the WSJ today. MS is rolling out their OneCare consumer PC protection:
The Redmond, Wash., company today will make its Windows OneCare Live "computer-health" service available free in a test designed to see how well it works for potentially millions of consumers. Microsoft plans to charge a monthly subscription fee once the service is formally launched next year.

The Internet service brings together antivirus, firewall, backup-and-recovery and PC-maintenance software under an umbrella service. Microsoft sees OneCare as a way to assuage frustrated customers, who have been overrun with viruses and other malicious programs, and to enter the fast-growing security-software market against rivals Symantec Corp. and McAfee Inc.

MS is making progress on the security front, which will be key in fighting online fraud and phishing. If MS can actually increase the security of their PC platform to help thwart trojans, key-stroke loggers and other malware, it would allow the banks to focus on things like strong mutual authentication to prevent MITM attacks and transaction authentication. Although, if the PC is truly secure, there may be less need for transaction authentication.

I wonder what security guarantees MS is offering with OneCare - or will offer once it is a paid service?
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