The social networking giant shared
the following details:
"Over 30 million of our users have
visited the AV Marketplace since its launch almost six months ago. Since
then, we have been hard at work making your Facebook experience even
more secure. We have implemented new phishing protections, and announced
the launch of firstname.lastname@example.org, an email address available to the public to
report phishing attempts against Facebook. In July we launched new
malware checkpoints and provided users with the ability to self-enroll
in these checkpoints to help keep their devices malware free.
Today, we are excited to announce the expansion of our AV Marketplace to
include 7 new partners to our growing coalition of security companies.
Starting now, Facebook users will be able to download software from -
avast!, AVG, Avira, Kaspersky, Panda, Total Defense, and Webroot. Not
only do we have new partners but also many of our existing partners -
Microsoft, McAfee, Norton, TrendMicro, and Sophos – will begin offering
anti-virus software for your mobile devices. You can visit the AV
Marketplace now to download your free anti-virus software for PC, Mac
Our new anti-virus partners bring with them both the latest software and
comprehensive intelligence. As with our existing partners, these seven
companies will help protect Facebook’s community of over a billion users
by improving our URL blacklist system. This system scans trillions of
clicks per 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 12 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
12 companies join our existing partners on the Facebook Security Blog,
where you can learn more about how to keep yourself safe and your
information secure both on and off Facebook.
Effective security must be a cooperative effort; by adding these new
partners to the Facebook Security family we are sure we can keep our
community even better protected from threats both on Facebook and
elsewhere on the web.
Be sure to head over to the
Facebook Security Page, where you can
find the new AV Marketplace, Facebook Security Blog, and other
information on keeping your data secure. Be sure to Like the Facebook
Security Page to receive the latest updates."