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Web security company, Trend Micro, has developed a ‘total web security service’ for the Playstation 3, which is supported worldwide as an upgrade version 2.00 for existing PS3s and will protect the gaming consoles from viruses and malware threats.

The new service is the first globally-supported web security service for a home game system, and is available from today in 16 languages.

Trend Micro developed the software due to rising web-browsing popularity on home gaming consoles.

“With the growing trend, users may also become more susceptible to malicious websites 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,” said a representative from Trend Micro.

The software was developed as a module especially for PS3, using Trend Micro’s URL filtering technology.

“A wide range of PS3? users can [now] feel safe to browse the Internet,” said the company.

The service will be provided free-of-charge until the end of April next year, after which time it will be available as a paid service for an as-yet-undisclosed price.

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