Earlier in April this year, Facebook, in an attempt to increase the existing level of protection for its huge user base, introduced the Antivirus Marketplace app to keep them safe and away from possible threats and malware attacks, and help share virus free content throughout the Facebook network. This offered free downloads and six-month licenses of security software from Microsoft, McAfee, Trend Micro, Sophos, and Symantec.
Nearly six months after the launch, the social networking giant has announced today that it is offering free antivirus software downloads for mobile users also, as Facebook has reportedly grown its mobile users to 543 million in June, 2012.
Along with the expansion of the Antivirus Marketplace to mobile users, Facebook has announced seven new partners including Avast, AVG, Avira, Kaspersky Lab, Panda, Total Defense, and Webroot.
According to Facebook, nearly 30 million users have visited the AV Marketplace since its launch almost six months ago. Facebook is continuing its effort to make the social networking site a safer place to share and connect with friends.
In a post on its Facebook Security page, Facebook stated:
Our new anti-virus partners bring with them both the latest software and comprehensive intelligence. As with our existing partners, these eight companies will help protect Facebook’s community of more than 1 billion users by improving our URL blacklist system. This system scans trillions of clicks per day, and before each click, the system consults the databases of all our AV Marketplace partners to make sure the website you are about to visit is safe. This means that whenever you click a link on our site, you are protected both by Facebook and 13 of the industry leaders in computer security. We will be cooperating with these partners more in the future, and look forward to announcing new tools soon.
With the new additions to Antivirus Marketplace app along with the expansion to mobile devices, it not only allows the users to download the free trials of the anti-virus software, but also helps Facebook to augment its blacklist database.
In August, Facebook announced the launch of firstname.lastname@example.org, with which users can report any phishing or malicious links they have received from their friends, or unknown sources. This would enable the Facebook to investigate and request for browser blacklisting.