Facebook's Anti-Virus Marketplace turns focus to URL blacklist system

Summary:Facebook continues to maintain that security is a primary focus as its Anti-Virus Marketplace gets stocked with more solutions from the likes of Avira, Kaspersky, and Webroot.

Facebook has announced that it is expanding its Anti-Virus Marketplace through the addition of seven more security solutions providers to its coalition.

That group consists of Avast, AVG, Avira, Kaspersky, Panda, Total Defense, and Webroot.

Launched earlier this year, the Anti-Virus Marketplace is the product of a partnership with anti-virus software providers that offer Facebook users with free software to keep their computers secure.

Facebook reps said that approximately 30 million people have already visited the Anti-Virus Marketplace since its unveiling in April.

In July, the world's largest social network continued to develop upon its security agenda with the introduction of Malware Checkpoint , which enables Facebook to direct users who think their computer might be infected to sites where they can get free anti-virus software.

According to a blog post on the Facebook Security blog on Tuesday morning, one of the primary objectives now for these partners is to help improve Facebook's URL blacklist system, which scans trillions of clicks per day and consults the databases of all Anti-Virus Marketplace partners to ensure sites are safe.

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.

In addition to these new partners, some of Facebook's existing partners -- including Microsoft, McAfee, TrendMicro, Sophos, and Symantec -- will begin offering anti‑virus software for mobile devices. Their free anti-virus software is also available for PC and Mac.

Topics: Security, Social Enterprise


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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