Data Theft Prevention

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Available only in select versions of Trend Micro security software.

This tool can protect sensitive personal information, such as credit card numbers or passwords for online services. Upon detecting any attempt to send protected information to the Internet, whether to a web page, by email or through an instant message, the transmission can be blocked automatically.

Data Theft Prevention monitors HTTP traffic (ports 80, 81, 8080, and any proxy server port you configure in your Microsoft® Internet Explorer® settings), but not HTTPS traffic (encrypted information cannot be filtered).

Supported Software 

Data Theft Prevention works with the following software:

  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 7.0 or 8.0
  • Mozilla® Firefox® 3.0 or above
  • Google Chrome 3.0 or above
  • AOL® Instant Messenger™ (AIM®) 6.8 or 6.9, Windows Live™ Messenger 8.1 or 9.0, Yahoo!® Messenger 8.0, 9.0 or 10.0
  • Microsoft Outlook and other SMTP email programs
     

Using Data Theft Prevention

This feature can only protect information that you have defined. However, you do not need to enter a complete credit card, bank account, or Social Security number to gain this protection. As few as four of the digits entered in the correct order can stand for and effectively protect the entire sequence.

Click the switch on the left side of the window ON to start using this tool. You can enter information for three categories, which you can rename if you like. Click New Category to add another item to the list, or click the trash bin icon next to an item that you no longer want to protect.

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