'Tis the summer of many new-and-excellent partners, and the beat goes on in a big way today: StopBadware welcomes Yandex today as a new Premium Partner. Yandex is, in a word, cool. They're Russia's leading Internet company, they operate the country's most popular search engine, and Yandex.ru is the most popular site in Russia. That's a lot of Web traffic, in case you hadn't done the math! Read more about Yandex's past and present on their official site.
We're excited to work with Yandex in the coming months because of the company's belief in the value and importance of security and user choice. Like many other big Web companies (including most of our current Partners) seeking to protect users and their PCs, Yandex takes steps to protect users from and educate them about badware. For several years, Yandex has warned customers about potentially malicious sites; the company also helps webmasters of infected sites learn how they can clean and secure those sites and protect against hacks in the future. For obvious reasons, we're enthusiastic about Yandex's approach to both protecting customers and helping webmasters.
Yandex will be making the digital trek from Moscow to participate in StopBadware's monthly Partners Forum discussions. We're also exploring the possibility of ways to share data for StopBadware's new and/or improved Clearinghouse project. More on that as it develops!
If you happen to read and speak fluent Russian, check out Yandex's blog for thoughts on our new partnership.