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October 16, 2012

Facebook Announces New Mobile Security Initiative

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Facebook SecurityFacebook is increasing its focus on mobile security, promising to work towards a more secure platform that protects users from malicious URLs, scams and other threats.

Starting today users can download virus scan software from the likes ofvast!, AVG, Avira, Kaspersky, Panda, Total Defens and Webroot. Those programs add to the company’s computer downloads which includes software fromMicrosoft, McAfee, Norton, TrendMicro and Sophos.

In anofficial blog postFacebook writes:

As with our existing partners, these seven companies will help protect Facebooks community of over a billion users by improving our URL blacklist system.This system scans trillions of clicks 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.

Facebook launched its security initiative six months ago with the hopes of lessening the reach of virus and malware programs being discovered on its network. Among the company’s initiatives is the AV Marketplace, a system that allows users to download a six-month license for the virus scan program of their choice and at no cost. read more

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