Yahoo, McAfee Team For Safer Searching

<a href="">PC Pro</a>, <a href="">CNET News</a>

Jim Manico, OWASP Global Board Member

May 6, 2008

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Yahoo and McAfee have announced an exclusive partnership under which potentially unsafe Web sites appearing in Yahoo's search results will be flagged with a red exclamation point and warning text.SearchScan, now in beta, relies on McAfee's SiteAdvisor software, which has been integrated into Yahoo's search technology. Warnings are triggered by sites that host spyware, adware, or virus-infected downloads; have links to other Web sites with dangerous material; or have a track record of harvesting e-mail addresses later used to send spam. Sites that are found to be automatically installing malicious code or attempting to exploit browser vulnerabilities will be completely dropped from search results.

"Consumers who use Yahoo! Search will now be alerted to high-risk Web sites. This protects users from known malicious threats such as browser exploits that will wreck their PC with a single click or spyware that can lead to identity theft," a McAfee VP said in a statement.PC Pro, CNET News

About the Author(s)

Jim Manico

OWASP Global Board Member

Jim Manico is a Global Board Member for the OWASP foundation where he helps drive the strategic vision for the organization. OWASP's mission is to make software security visible, so that individuals and organizations worldwide can make informed decisions about true software security risks. OWASP's AppSecUSA<> conferences represent the nonprofit's largest outreach efforts to advance its mission of spreading security knowledge, for more information and to register, see here<>. Jim is also the founder of Manicode Security where he trains software developers on secure coding and security engineering. He has a 18 year history building software as a developer and architect. Jim is a frequent speaker on secure software practices and is a member of the JavaOne rockstar speaker community. He is the author of Iron-Clad Java: Building Secure Web Applications<> from McGraw-Hill and founder of Brakeman Pro. Investor/Advisor for Signal Sciences.

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