Facebook Adds Kaspersky, Others to AV Marketplace

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – More online security safeguards were previously made available from social network Facebook via key partnerships in April. Now the company is expanding on that effort, most recently announcing the addition of seven new companies who are becoming part of the platform.

Facebook previously joined forces with a number of security companies in June in a major effort to improve its URL blacklist system, a platform that helps the network stay free of URL links containing possible infections.

“This system scans trillions of clicks per 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. This means that whenever you click a link on our site you are protected both by Facebook and 12 of the industry leaders in computer security. We will be cooperating with these partners more in the future, and look forward to announcing new tools soon,” stated Facebook in a press release.

When first launched months ago, partners included Symantec, TrendMicro, McAfee and more. However, today’s announcement means providers including AVG, Kaspersky, avast! and Avira are now in the mix as well.

Through the partnership, Facebook users can also download free versions of virus scanning software. The social network noted that 30 million users have visited the company’s AV Marketplace thus far.