Facebook announced on Tuesday that it is expanding its web and mobile security efforts to help users ward off malicious URLs, threats and scams not only on the social network but across the Internet.
Starting today, Facebook users can download software directly from security companies such as avast!, AVG, Avira, Kaspersky, Panda, Total Defens and Webroot. This adds to Facebook's existing platform of security providers, including Microsoft, McAfee, Norton, TrendMicro and Sophos, which will also begin offering anti-virus software for mobile devices.
"As with our existing partners, these seven companies will help protect Facebook's community of over a billion users by improving our URL blacklist system," the company said in an official blog post. "This system scans trillions of clicks per day, and before each click, the system consults the databases of all our AV Marketplace partners to make sure the website you are about to visit is safe."
Six months ago, Facebook launched a security initiative to protect members of the social networking site from malicious URLs, spammers, phishing traps and viruses by continually scanning the site. It also launched its AV Marketplace, allowing users to download a six-month license for a full, free version of anti-virus software from one of Facebook's partners,
free of charge. Since then, 30 million users visited AV Marketplace since the launch.
Facebook said it will continue to build its efforts to protect users against threats on both the site and elsewhere on the Internet.
The news comes halfway through Cyber Security Awareness month.