Yahoo Taps McAfee for Safer Searching
Yahoo wants your Web searching to be safe. Yahoo has partnered with McAfee to utilize McAfee's SiteAdvisor technology in Yahoo searches to keep Web surfers from visiting would-be harmful sites. In a press release from earlier today, Yahoo stated:
"Yahoo!, Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO) and McAfee, Inc. (NYSE:MFE) today announced a partnership to deliver a safer Web search experience through Yahoo! Search. Launching in beta today, the new SearchScan feature by Yahoo! Search, powered by the award-winning McAfee(R) SiteAdvisor(R) technology, provides always-on alerts to users for "risky" sites with security concerns such as spyware, adware and other malicious software that can infect and damage a user's PC. SearchScan also identifies sites that have shown bad email practices, flooding user in-boxes with spammy emails."
Potentially risky sites are flagged with a warning in search results. Sites that are deemed to be malicious won't even appear in search results at all. Yahoo is calling the current rollout of the technology a "beta"--during the beta period not all of McAfee's SiteAdvisor ratings will be used.