Tokyo, Japan– November 7, 2007– Trend Micro, Incorporated (TSE: 4704), a leader in network antivirus and Internet content security software, today announced a new total Web security service for PLAYSTATIONÒ3 (hereinafter referred to as PS3TM) released by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
Trend Micro Web Security for PS3 is expected to be available on November 8, and will be free of charge until the end of April 2008*2. This service is the first globally supported Web security service for a home game system. The service provision starts on November 8 as part of PS3’s system software update version 2.00 for PS3ssold worldwide with the user interface in 16 languages*3.
Overview of“Trend Micro Web Security for PS3”
Home game systems with Web site browsing capabilities will continue to proliferate, and Web browsing via a game console is expected to become more and more popular. With the growing trend, users may also become more susceptible to malicious Web sites through the game system, or may have a chance to become the victim of cybercrime that targets monetary transactions such as shopping, banking, and securities trading through Web sites.
This service is developed as a module especially for PS3 using Trend Micro’s own Web reputation and URL filtering technology. By using this service, a wide range of PS3 users can feel safe to browse the Internet.
¡ Function: Blocks malicious and harmful websites
Access to websites that are classified into specific categories (Adult/Sex, Alcohol/Tobacco, Crime, Cults/The Occult, Gambling, Hacking/Proxy Avoidance, Illegal Drugs, Sex Education, Violence/Hate/Racism, Weapons/Military, etc.) can be blocked simply by going to the PS3 Internet Browser menu,*4 selecting“Tool,” and then selecting“Trend Micro Web Security for PS3” from“Browser Security.” A password will be needed.
¡ Blocking Mechanism: Web reputation combined with URL filtering
When a website is accessed from PS3 , Trend Micro in-the-cloud databases are looked up. The URL filtering database classifies Web sites into categories, and the Web reputation database is highly immediate in evaluating Web pages, domains and IP addresses. By using both capabilities together, malicious Web pages and Web sites that were previously difficult to handle only with URL filtering can also be blocked.
¡ Service provision begins on: November 8, 2007
The service is provided by updating the PS3 system software to Version 2.00, available starting on November 8.
¡ Service Charge: The service will be provided free of charge until the end of April 2008*5.
*1 Source: Trend Micro. The first total web security service combining URL filtering&Web reputation.
*2 It will be provided free of charge until the end of April on a trial basis. The date and method to switch to a pay service and the price will be announced as soon as a decision is made.
*3 Same as PS3 language support.
*4 The categories to be blocked are predetermined. Users cannot select a category.
*5 The service will be provided free of charge until the end of April on a trial basis. The date and method to switch to a pay service and the price will be announced as soon as a decision is made. For service overview, see http://webclassify.trendmicro.com
About Trend Micro
Trend Micro Incorporated is a pioneer in secure content and threat management. Founded in 1988, Trend Micro provides individuals and organizations of all sizes with award-winning security software, hardware and services. With headquarters in Tokyo and operations in more than 30 countries, Trend Micro solutions are sold through corporate and value-added resellers and service providers worldwide. For additional information and evaluation copies of Trend Micro products and services, visit our Web site at www.trendmicro.com.
Trend Micro and the t-ball logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Trend Micro Incorporated. All other company or product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their owners.“PLAYSTATION” is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.“PS3” is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.