Facebook Adds 7 Antivirus Marketplace Partners

By David Cohen 

Facebook introduced its Antivirus Marketplace in April, featuring free downloads and six-month licenses of security software from Microsoft, McAfee, Trend Micro, Sophos, and Symantec. Tuesday, nearly six months after launch, the social network announced seven new partners.

Software from the following companies will be available via Antivirus Marketplace, joining offerings from the five original partners:

Facebook also announced that several of its Antivirus Marketplace partners will make anti-virus software for mobile devices available to its users.

And the social network touted other security measures it recently implemented, including new phishing protections and the launch of its phish@fb.com email address, as well as the installation of a malware checkpoint.

The social network said in a post on its Facebook Security page:

Our new anti-virus partners bring with them both the latest software and comprehensive intelligence. As with our existing partners, these eight companies will help protect Facebook’s community of more than 1 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. This means that whenever you click a link on our site, you are protected both by Facebook and 13 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.

Effective security must be a cooperative effort. By adding these new partners to the Facebook Security family, we are sure we can keep our community even better protected from threats both on Facebook and elsewhere on the Web.

Readers: Have you taken advantage of any of the downloads available via the Facebook Antivirus Marketplace?