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ScanSafe ‘early warning’ safe search service reduces unwanted Web surfing by 28 per cent - Drudge and eBay top list of most requested search terms

LONDON – April 26, 2007 – ScanSafe, the pioneer and leading provider of Web security-as-a-service, today issued evidence on the benefits of SearchAhead, a service that alerts users to search results that contain Web threats. On average, companies that use SearchAhead experience a 28 per cent reduction in visits to sites that violate corporate Web usage policy.

SearchAhead scans results from popular search engines Google, Yahoo! and MSN in real time, providing advance warning of any malware and guidance on acceptable or unacceptable websites, based on the customer’s Web filtering policies. The service represents a significant advance in Web content security because it provides users with an ‘early warning’ system for Web threats. Since its launch, SearchAhead has been used in nearly 10 million searches and has served up over 90 million safe search icons, allowing its customers to educate users and enforce policy.

“For most users, Internet search engines are their primary entry point to the Web,” said Dan Nadir, vice president, product strategy, ScanSafe. “However, while Google and the others are really good at providing relevant search results, none of them address the potential policy or security problems associated with search results. By proactively educating and warning users, users can no longer claim that they ‘inadvertently’ visited sites that violated their usage policy.”

According to the company, over 90 per cent of new sites visited are found throught Internet searches and one in five Internet search result pages contain either malware or offensive content. Offensive content represents the greatest risk, accounting for 80 per cent of total search blocks. In March, ScanSafe reported that nearly half of all Web browsing at work is non-productive. This highlights the increasing risk for corporate users: search results can negatively impact productivity if not managed correctly and also represent risk vectors for information leakage and legal threats.

“As a marketing research firm, we have a real need to allow our account executives and project managers access to the Web and search engines in order to gather relevant information,” said Michael Gray, chief technology officer, Socratic Technologies. “SearchAhead allows our employees to learn which search results are acceptable and safe. It reduces Web blocks and fosters safe Web surfing. SearchAhead helps educate users about our Web use policy and puts them in control of ensuring they don’t violate it – they can police themselves. It gives us input and control without restricting them from performing at their jobs. As a result, our IT staff no longer has to spend time being the ‘bad guys’.”

ScanSafe also reported that the most requested search terms on SearchAhead since the feature’s launch in February were:

1. match
2. hotmail
3. drudge
4. ebay
5. trip advisor
6. weather

About SearchAhead

SearchAhead is available to customers who subscribe to ScanSafe’s Web Filtering service at no additional cost.

When the SearchAhead feature is enabled, it automatically annotates all search engine results with no additional hardware or software required. Because each search result is scanned for malware and unwanted content in real-time, users can be certain that the sites they visit are safe. Search results are traffic-light color-coded according to their status and these warning icons let users know in advance when a particular link will be blocked or logged. Users are presented with a detailed explanation for any warning with the aim of preventing users from accidentally visiting unauthorized sites and breaching their organisation’s Web usage policy.

About ScanSafe

ScanSafe is the largest global provider of Web Security-as-a-Service, ensuring a safe and productive Internet environment for businesses. ScanSafe solutions keep viruses and spyware off corporate networks and allow businesses to control and secure the use of the Web and instant messaging. As a fully managed service, ScanSafe's solutions require no hardware, upfront capital costs or maintenance and provide unparalleled real-time threat protection. Powered by its proactive, multilayered Outbreak Intelligence TM threat detection technology, ScanSafe scans more than 7 billion Web requests and blocks 12 million threats each month for customers in over 30 countries.

Since pioneering the market for Web Security-as-a-Service, ScanSafe continues to deliver innovative Web security solutions, including the introduction of SearchAhead the world’s first early warning system which scans and classifies search engine results based on the presence of malware and unwanted content. In addition to being part of its corporate Web security service, the safe search technology is available to consumers as a free service at

With offices in London and San Mateo, California, ScanSafe is privately owned and financed by Benchmark Capital and Scale Venture Partners. The company received a 2007 CODiE award for Best Software as a Service Solution, the Info Security Global Product Excellence Award for Best Managed Security Service and was named one of Red Herring’s Top 100 Technology companies. For more information, visit

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