Toward the end of April, Facebook took a stab at upgrading its security efforts by announcing a partnership with five major anti-virus software vendors: Microsoft, Trend Micro, McAfee, Sophos, and Symantec. The partnership is a sort of one-two punch security effort. Facebook will use the URL blacklists provided by the software vendors to augment its own URL blacklist service. At the same time, they’re offering free versions of five leading anti-virus software packages.
You can find the anti-virus software on Facebook’s new AV Marketplace. These are full versions of software, not feature-limited trials, but the free license is in effect for only six months. After that, you’ll pay the going rate to keep your AV software operating.
Software that’s available includes McAfee Internet Security, Microsoft Security Essentials, Norton AntiVirus, Sophos AntiVirus for Mac and Trend Micro Internet Security for PCs and Macs.
The URL blacklists provided by the AV companies extend the blacklist system that Facebook already has in place. According to Facebook’s Security Page, the five AV companies will also be adding content to their security blog — which should be interesting since some of them have been outspoken critics of Facebook’s security in times past.