Ihug will launch a new security service for customers next week, designed to cut down on viruses, spam and to offer family friendly filtering software, says director Tim Wood.
Ispy will cost $2.50 per offering per month or a bundled package of all three offerings for $5 per month. Users can also chose the virus and spam filtering service for $4 per month.
"The virus protection is from Trend Micro and the spam filtering service is something we've been working on in-house using various services from around the world. The filtering software is from Iseek and we've been trialing it on KidsNet while we sort it out," says Wood.
Users won't have to download software upgrades or virus definitions and risk missing a patch and being caught out by a virus, says Wood, because it will all be handled remotely by Ihug's servers. "They'll get a password and log in and that's it."
The family-friendly filtering is based on a black list being constantly reviewed by Iseek, a US-based developer.
"Parents will get one password that lets them in to whatever they want but they can give the kids their own log ins and passwords and that restricts what they can do."
Ihug is also working on a business version that would allow companies to restrict what employees can and can't do online. That blacklist will include IRC and setting up Hotmail accounts as well as the obvious porn sites and the like.
Wood says Ihug is working on a firewall offering for its customers but says since there are so many free firewalls available online it's not as much a priority as the filtering services. He says there are a number of users on the Ihug chat rooms discussing just how many hits their firewalls are getting from viruses like Code Red and he says Ihug recommends users install a firewall if they're concerned about the threat.