Facebook users can now download free six-month subscriptions to Internet Security Suite security software from McAfee, along with receiving discounts on continuing the service, following a one-year partnership announced by the two companies Wednesday.
The social-networking site will also use a tool from McAfee to scan the PCs of users affected by malware, and the software provider will add content to the Facebook Security Page.
McAfee CEO David DeWalt told The New York Times‘ Bits:
We have seen an absolute huge rise in malware worldwide over the past 12 months, probably more than the previous five years combined. We are seeing a lot more malware specifically designed and targeted at large social-networking applications. These are just the trends in the industry.
Facebook site-integrity team project manager Jake Brill posted on the Facebook Blog:
One of the best defenses against security threats is a good offense, and we want to help you take the offensive by having the latest security software installed on your computer. Today, we are announcing a year-long partnership with McAfee to offer all 350 million people who use Facebook the ability to download a six-month subscription to McAfee security software at no cost, along with a special discount once the six months are over.
We’re committed to doing everything we can to help you protect your account and make your experience on Facebook as safe and enjoyable as possible. We invest in dedicated teams and advanced technical systems that detect and block suspicious behavior. When we find a message with a link to a fake login page or other malicious Website, we prevent it from being sent and delete all instances of it from the site. We also work with third parties to get malicious sites added to browser blacklists or removed completely.
For the rare case in which an account is compromised, we’ve developed a unique process that requires the account owner to take steps to secure the account and learn security best practices. We’ve also incorporated custom McAfee software into this process for people identified as having infected computers. Now, if your computer is infected, you will be asked to run a scan like the one shown below and clean it before accessing Facebook. We’re not aware of another free Internet service that takes this much responsibility for helping people keep their accounts secure.