Facebook Offering Free Anti-Virus Trails, Blacklists Bad URLs

Filed as News on April 25, 2012 1:25 pm

Facebook SecurityFacebook is attempting to make its community safer for 901 million active users and to reach that goal the company announced on Wednesday that it would block malicious URLs, spam messages, phishing attempts and viruses. The company also announced that it has partnered with various virus protection firms including Microsoft, McAfee, TrendMicro, Sophos, and Symantec.

In a blog post Facebook writers:

“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. So 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.”

If that isn’t enough information to get you excited about Facebook’s ongoing efforts to protect users the company also announced the AV Marketplace where users can download free six-month license agreements for full versions of the company’s virus partner software.

Users who “LIKE” Facebook’s security page will also receive updates about partners in addition to online scams that may be occurring at any given time.

With millions of Facebook users including addresses, phone numbers and other personal information to their friends via their private account settings Facebook has struggled to deal with attempts to steal that information.

do you think Facebook is moving in the right direction by partnering with some of the industries top virus scan firms?

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