First National Bank (FNB), a division of South Africa-based FirstRand Bank, has joined the SafeOnline Business Partner Program of Prevx, a provider of internet and PC security solutions, to offer its online customers with free browser-based security software to deal with cyber crime.

Prevx said that SafeOnline program provides an extra layer of security and protects confidential account numbers, passwords and personal information from malicious software (malware) and phishing attacks.

According to the Prevx, the software strengthens the internet browser and protects all login credentials including user IDs and passwords, and shields other personal details, such as the information displayed and entered when accessing networking sites.

Prevx claimed that the software helps ensure the authenticity of the websites the user accesses, and alerts them about the phishing sites or a fake FNB website. It also alerts customers if the login credentials and passwords are exposed accidentally to an insecure website and protects personal information from being stolen by malicious software.

SafeOnline reports security status of PC, if it finds any malicious software via a report detailing the infections and their severity. It will also suggest a remedial options, including contacting antivirus provider for assistance.

Lee-Anne van Zyl, CEO of FNB Online, said: “By offering Prevx SafeOnline to our customers free of charge, they will browse safe in the knowledge that they are not only protected at the bank’s site, but also when they are browsing the web.”