Facebook and Antivirus Products Partner to Bring Security to a New Level


There are plenty of pages that users can like on Facebook to learn more about privacy and security. (Shameless plug: Private WiFi’s page is one of them!) But after a recent announcement from Facebook that the social network will beef up its Antivirus Marketplace with seven new providers, one page that must be seen by all is Facebook Security. In order to better protect users from malicious links, viruses and malware, the AV Marketplace features a robust suite of varying antivirus and security software from a multitude of partners.

Some highlights from the AV Marketplace include:

  • Free six-month subscriptions from McAfee and Webroot;
  • Free download of security software for Android phones and tablets from Norton;
  • AVG provides free LinkScanner service, which alerts users when links on Facebook are malicious; and
  • All 12 partners will improve Facebook’s URL blacklist system, which scans trillions of clicks per day, ensuring that the sites visited by users are safe.

In a press release, JR Smith, CEO, AVG Technologies, commented, “Social platforms are today a vital part of our modern communications networks, and it’s important that people do not feel worried about using them. We believe that consumers should have a choice of options they can use to secure their connected world, giving them peace of mind to enjoy their digital experiences whether through a computer, mobile device or tablet.”

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Jillian Ryan

Jillian Ryan is PRIVATE WiFi's Director, Brand Communications and Social Strategy. With a passion for writing, the web, and fast-paced information exchanged via social networks, Jillian is also concerned about the ramifications of putting your life details and personal data into cyberspace. Follow her on Twitter: @Writing_Jillian.

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