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A simple total network solution offering advanced parental controls and protection from viruses is on the way from TalkTalk, with the aim of making it easier than ever to stay safe online.

Due to be officially unveiled in May, the technology promises to provide unprecedented peace of mind for parents who are concerned about their offspring’s exposure to unsuitable content and make it easier for less security-savvy web users to stay safe online.

The solution has the potential to render standard subscription-based security services, such as Norton, obsolete for TalkTalk customers and, if it was bundled with broadband packages, could prove a crucial differentiator between its broadband deals and those of rival suppliers.

Features include the option to restrict access to sites, such as Facebook, to within designated time periods, as well as a more graded filtering system that enables users to reduce or cut off access to sites that offer similar services.

TalkTalk has yet to confirm whether the service will be free or an optional extra, but stated that it will be available to all its broadband customers and that further details will be released next month.

Neal McArthur, Chairman of TalkTalk Technology, said: “This is a completely unique thing that no-one has ever done before.

“We want to make sure that our customers have a really simple way of ensuring that they are safe and secure online whether that’s with us or other companies they may be involved with."

He added: “The proposition is going to be very clear for them. It’s also going to be best value and it’s going to be infallible.”

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