ING Direct offers free security software to punters

Good to see ING Direct following the lead of Barclays Bank in offering its customers a free IT security suite although, curiously, the bank has opted for Trusteer's Rapport package, rather than one of the more mainstream security applications.

I suspect this is 'cos they've managed to get a better deal by going to one of the lesser-known online security vendors, but it's a step in the right direction.

According to Brenda Rideout, ING Direct's chief information officer, as Canada's leading direct bank, protection of personal information online is a key priority.

"That's why we are going above and beyond with what we believe to be one of the simplest security guarantees offered by any Canadian financial institution and offering Trusteer's Rapport as a free, added ecurity feature to all of our clients," she said.

Of course, the $64,000 question is whether the free software will be offered to savings customers of ING in the UK...