ISPs Should Police the Internet Says Select BroadbandChoices.co.uk

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Michael Phillips, product director of broadband comparison site BroadbandChoices.co.uk, comments on a recent statement issued by a House of Lords select committee, following calls for Internet Service Providers to take more responsibility when it comes to Internet safety.

Many ISPs already offer free anti virus software as part of their broadband packages, as well as monitoring traffic in order to detect spam and other malicious codes that could spread the viruses that lead to fraud and identity theft.

Michael Phillips, product director of broadband comparison site BroadbandChoices.co.uk, said, "I agree that this should be the case, however there is currently no legislation in place to back it up. In the meantime, Internet users need to take responsibility for their own internet safety by ensuring that they use secure websites and never respond to phishing emails or download from an unknown source."

The Science and Technology Select Committee has said that since ISPs can see when a customer's computer is infected and sending out spam or viruses to other internet users, they should be legally liable for any damage to third parties resulting from a failure to isolate the affected machine.

Phillips explains, "Many ISPs already offer free anti virus software as part of their broadband packages, as well as monitoring traffic in order to detect spam and other malicious codes that could spread the viruses that lead to fraud and identity theft."

"The Personal Internet Safety report which was published on Friday stated that 'customers cannot be held entirely responsible for the security of their computers'. But until new legislation is put into place for ISPs to be held accountable, customers need to be aware of the precautions that they can take to combat fraud, malicious websites and identity theft. They can either sign up with a suitable ISP or buy a reputable anti virus software from someone like Norton or McAfee- and make sure that they regularly update their security settings," Phillips concludes.

About Broadbandchoices.co.uk:
Broadbandchoices.co.uk is allows customers to compare broadband packages in the UK. Unlike other comparison sites, Broadbandchoices.co.uk doesn't just focus on price but total package value. Consumers can now refer to this impartial Website to access the latest broadband advice and deals, to help them make the right choice.

What makes Broadbandchoices.co.uk different:

  • Most comprehensive range of consumer guides and advice
  • Emphasis on value rather than cost alone
  • Variety of ways to rank products according to individual priorities
  • Detailed product information
  • A community of like minded people where you can read reviews or share your thoughts
  • Up-to-date information regarding key industry developments
  • Access to bespoke interactive tools (broadband speed tester & broadband download monitor)

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