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Facebook Spreads Out AV Marketplace with Kaspersky, Avast, Avira, Total Defense
Facebook is going to make you feel more secured. Facebook has updated its very own ‘The AV Marketplace’ (The Anti-Virus Marketplace) to accommodate 7 new partners to its existing network of security companies.
With this new partnership, Facebook users will be able to download anti-virus software from vendors like Kaspersky, Avast, Avira, Total Defense and Webroot. Users of Facebook will also gain access to anti virus software for mobile devices from existing partners of Facebook which includes McAfee, Norton, Microsoft, Sophos and TrendMicro. The AV Market offers anti-virus software for Mac, PC and mobiles.
Facebook representatives have informed that the new partnership with the anti virus vendors will bring comprehensive intelligence and latest software to the table. The new partners will be working towards ensuring cyber safety for the Facebook community.
The Facebook population of 1 billion will benefit from this association. The URL blacklist system is expected to improve with this latest partnership. Currently the URL blacklist system of Facebook scans through billions of clicks each day. The system returns to the databases of AV marketplace before each click to make sure that the website which the user is going to visit is free from malicious software.
This also means that a user is protected by Facebook and its 12 security partners, each time he clicks on a new URL. Facebook representatives have informed that new tools will be announced soon and will be developed in co-operation with the security partners.
The Anti-Virus Marketplace was launched by Facebook about six months back. Over the last six months more than 30 million Facebook users visited the marketplace. Facebook since had introduced a phishing protection system and also set up an email id ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ for users to report phishing attempts. Last July, the social networking giant launched new malware check points which allowed users to enroll themselves to protect their devices from malware attacks.