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Facebook has launched a new security initiative, aimed to further protect Facebook users from malware, phishing scams and viruses. Along with renowned security companies such as Sophos, Symantec, McAfee, Trend Micro and Microsoft, Facebook is now offering an expanded URL blacklist system, and free software downloads from these five companies.

The gateway to this new project is the Facebook Security page, where users can read security-related updates and access the Security Homepage and the Anti-Virus Marketplace. The updates are on the security page, which Facebook also refers to as a blog, and you will also find security updates from Sophos, Symantec et al., which you can the share with your friends.

On the Anti-Virus Marketplace, you will find free downloads for anti-virus software from all these companies. Aside from Microsoft, which offers its product for free as it is, you can access 6-months licenses for any of the remaining software, without paying a dime. Facebook’s URL blacklist will now also incorporate the databases from these companies. This is Facebook’s attempt to get people more aware of security threats, and to help them feel more secure when browsing Facebook.

Through the security homepage you can also access a PDF of the Facebook Security Guide, and other security-related tips. As of this minute, many of the options on this page are not working, either returning an error or claiming users are not authorized to use this option. Although this will probably be fixed soon, this security initiative is still worth checking out if you’d like to try any of the aforementioned anti-virus software for free, and get some security tips from the leading companies in this field.

Source: Facebook


  1. rama moorthy
    September 5, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    So Facebook going towards right path against todays hacks and other threats ..
    that nice ..!

    May 30, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    i have got this virus on my facebook page and has affected facebook unable to login or do anything there.any help please

  3. Darrell Thomas
    May 29, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    ive gone onto the facebook security page and when i press get access 6-months licenses it dont do any thing please help thanks

    • Yaara Lancet
      May 29, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      Try going directly to the Anti-Virus Marketplace. From there you should be able to choose on AV to download.

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  5. Don
    April 28, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Still doesn't change the fact that they sell information about you

  6. DAJ
    April 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I think Facebook should be looking a little closer to home -- address the security flaws and privacy concerns with regard to some of the FB Apps they allow on their platform.

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