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Britain Launches Internet Virus Alert Service

Lisa Minter (
24 Feb 2005 13:44:02 -0800

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain launched a Web site on Thursday aimed at
helping computer users avoid damage from Internet viruses and other
online threats.

The government-funded IT Security Awareness for Everyone site
( will give free advice on data protection and issue
virus alerts to those who sign up.

"There is a clear need for easy-to-understand and simple, independent
advice for non-technically minded people who use computers," Home
Office Minister Hazel Blears said in a statement.

E-mail or text alerts will direct users toward step-by-step guides on
how to deal with any problem. The site will use information provided
by the National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Center (NISCC).

More than half of UK households had a home computer in 2002, according
to the Office for National Statistics.

In the third quarter of 2004, 52 percent of UK households could access
the Internet from home, compared with just nine percent in the same
quarter of 1998.

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