October 17, 2012
Facebook Adds New Partners To Antivirus Marketplace
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online
Facebook has added seven new security companies to its Anti-Virus Marketplace, the company announced on Tuesday.
Facebook members can now download six-month free trials of security software from avast!, AVG, Avira, Kaspersky, Panda, Total Defense and Webroot — along with existing products from Microsoft, McAfee, TrendMicro, Sophos and Symantec.
The new security partners will also help Facebook build its own security tools.
"Our new anti-virus partners bring with them both the latest software and comprehensive intelligence," wrote the Facebook Security team in a blog post.
Facebook´s 12 security firm partners will also begin offering anti-virus software for mobile devices, and will collaborate to improve Facebook's URL blacklist system, which ensures that sites visited by members are 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," Facebook said.
“We will be cooperating with these partners more in the future and look forward to announcing new tools soon.”
In addition to its free six-month trial, new partner Kaspersky Lab will also provide online security and privacy tips on Facebook´s security page.
“Kaspersky Lab is now supplying Facebook with up-to-the-minute data about the latest malicious software threats worldwide, which will be used to protect Facebook users from inadvertently visiting malicious web pages,” Kaspersky said in a statement.
“Over the past 10 years, we´ve seen incredible growth in the amount of personal information people will voluntarily share, and cybercriminals have naturally ℠followed the money´ by creating scams and malicious programs specifically targeting social networks,” said Costin Raiu, Director of Global Research and Analysis Team at Kaspersky.
“It takes a blend of online awareness and top-notch security technology to be protected online — one cannot take the place of the other — and by partnering with Facebook, Kaspersky Lab intends to provide both.”
Facebook launched its Marketplace in April with initial offerings from McAfee, Symantec, Microsoft, Sophos and Trend Micro. Some 30 million members have visited the site since it opened.