The social networking giant – Facebook has announced the debut of the new Antivirus Marketplace, a one-stop portal that will offer free downloads and (six-month) licenses to antivirus software and also make use of the URL blacklists, which will help prevent users from visiting malicious links. This is a partnership between Facebook and the world’s biggest antivirus and Internet security companies like Microsoft, McAfee, TrendMicro, Sophos, and Symantec.
The free downloads and six-month licenses available via the Antivirus Marketplace are:
- Microsoft: Microsoft Security Essentials
- McAfee: McAfee Internet Security 2012
- TrendMicro: Smart Surfing and Titanium
- Sophos: Anti-Virus for Mac, Home Edition
- Symantec: Norton AntiVirus
“The AV Marketplace enables people to download six-month licenses to full versions of anti-virus software at no charge. Facebook’s global community can now download for free powerful software to protect their computers from current and future viruses, and content security threats providing hundreds of millions of people free access to anti-virus software.”
In addition to this, Facebook also announced that is has partnered with the security firms in order to use their URL blacklist system, and eventually add them to its own security system. This is a very interesting move from Facebook, providing its users an additional layer security of by blocking access to malicious download links and sites. The partnered companies will also provide essential educational materials via the Facebook Security Page.
Facebook states that, “Our URL blacklist system, which scans trillions of clicks per day, will now incorporate the malicious URL databases from these security companies to augment our existing level of protection. This means that whenever you click a link on our site, you benefit not just from Facebook’s existing protections, but the ongoing vigilance of the world’s leading corporations involved in computer security.”
Through the Antivirus Marketplace app, Facebook expects to keep its users safe and away from possible threats and malware attack, and help them share virus free content throughout the Facebook network. The marketplace is accessible from the Facebook Security Page, or you visit the page by using the link - on.fb.me/FBAVMarketplace.