Facebook Partners Up with Security Firms; Resells Antivirus in the Process

April 25th, 2012 at 7:14 pm

With close to 1 billion users, Facebook has been a target of shady techies armed with malware that would flood its users’ Timeline fake news or phishing links. Today, the largest social network has sealed a partnership with various online security companies, including McAfee, Trendmicro, Microsoft, Sophos, and Symantec to enhance its own URL blacklisting system; all while positioning itself as an antivirus software reseller.

Facebook has launched a new service called AV Marketplace that provides users an option on which antivirus software to download like Norton Antivirus, McAfee Internet Security, Sophos Anti-virus for Mac, and Microsoft Security Essentials. Most of these programs provide up to free six months of trial runs, while Security Essentials can provide Microsoft users free access to its danger zone.

Meanwhile, Facebook’s blacklist system has augmented its database, using data provided by all antivirus products. This feature would make links that are deemed “abusive or spammy” by its users to disappear from Timeline.

Source: <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2012/04/25/facebook-security-antivirus-microsoft-mcafee-trendmicro-sopho/" TechCrunch


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