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Facebook taps 7 anti-virus companies to boost security

In its effort to improve security for its users, Facebook has announced its partnership with seven new anti-virus companies.

Adding to their growing list of security partners are: avast!, AVG, Avira, Kaspersky, Panda, Total Defense, and Webroot. Starting today you can now download their security software from Facebook’s AV Marketplace . Existing partners namely Microsoft, McAfee, Norton, TrendMicro, and Sophos are now starting to offer anti-virus software for mobile devices.

Aside from offering standard anti-virus protection, these security companies also work hand-in-hand with Facebook to prevent the spread of dangerous links inside the social network.

“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 soon.”


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This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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  1. Avatar for rodel urot rodel urot says:

    nice move FB

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