Facebook on Wednesday teamed up with several leading antivirus firms to launch an Antivirus Marketplace, which will allow users to download a six-month free trial of the companies’ software.
The marketplace is currently offering products from McAfee, Norton, Microsoft, Sophos, and Trend Micro.
“We believe that arming our users with anti-virus software will help empower them to stay safe no matter where they are on the web,” Facebook said in a blog post.
The security companies will also contribute posts to Facebook’s Security Blog with information about how to stay safe on the social network. “Truly effective security requires cooperation,” Facebook said.
In addition to the free downloads, Facebook will also expand its URL blacklist system to incorporate the malicious URL databases from McAfee, Norton, Microsoft, Sophos, and Trend Micro.
“This means that whenever you click a link on our site, you benefit not just from Facebook’s existing protections, but the ongoing vigilance of the world’s leading corporations involved in computer security,” Facebook said. “At the moment, less than 4 percent of content shared is spam (compared to nearly 90 percent of email) and we are looking forward to making even more progress in the future.”
The news comes several days after PrivacyChoice released a tool intended to help Facebook users determine if the apps they are downloading on the social network provide the necessary privacy protections.