McAfee.com distributes SecurityCenter with P-to-P apps

McAfee.com is looking to take advantage of the popularity of peer-to-peer file-trading applications to spread its SecurityCenter tool, which will be distributed with a pair of such programs starting within 30 days, the company said Wednesday.

The McAfee.com SecurityCenter is a security information service that gives users a real-time view into the status of Internet threats. SecurityCenter offers alerts, vulnerability checks and other security information such as McAfee.com's World Virus Map. The software is already offered as a tab in the MSN Messenger that comes bundled with Windows XP". Along with offering free security information, SecurityCenter also provides easy ways for users to sign up for McAfee.com's managed antivirus, firewall and other security services.

SecurityCenter will be included as an optional component with peer-to-peer applications when they are downloaded from Web sites, according to a statement released by the Sunnyvale, California, company. The software will be presented as a panel in the applications, much as it is in MSN Messenger, the company added.

The first two peer-to-peer programs to feature SecurityCenter will be StreamCast Networks Inc.'s Morpheus, which will include the software within 30 days, and Optisoft S.L.'s Blubster, which will offer it in seven days. McAfee.com will be pursuing similar partnerships with other peer-to-peer companies, the company said.

With this new distribution avenue, McAfee.com is looking to gain 1 million new SecurityCenter installations in the third quarter, the company said.

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