Facebook Expands URL Blacklists with Key Partnerships

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Today, the sharing of links online is probably most commonly done through social networking. As some already know, many can contain harmful data, sometimes injecting one’s computer system with viruses including malware.

In particular, social networking giant Facebook seeks to protect its users from clicking on harmful links by maintaining a URL blacklist system. On Wednesday, the company announced that it had expanded the blacklist to include similar databases from top online security companies including Symantec, McAfee, Sophos, Microsoft and TrendMicro.

“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,” explained Facebook in a post regarding the matter.

At its current rate, the company maintained it “scans trillions of clicks per day.”

While the blacklist’s expansion may have the most direct impact on the network, it’s not the only move that was made possible through the partnership. All companies will provide Facebook users with the ability to download free versions of their respective anti-virus software through a new offering called “The AV Marketplace.”

In addition to that, Facebook said representatives from the security companies will offer their insight by penning blog posts on the Facebook security page. The social site made big news when it announced earlier this month that it would acquire popular photo sharing app Instagram for a price of $1 billion.