Yesterday, Facebook announced the opening of the Facebook Anti-Virus Marketplace or The AV Marketplace, in short. The marketplace is developed in collaboration with five industry partners specializing in digital security software. The marketplace is targeted as Facebook users who aren’t using any security solution to protect themselves from cyber crime.
The marketplace consisting of Microsoft, McAfee, TrendMicro, Sophos and Symantec anti-virus solutions will offer six months free license to Facebook users, except for Microsoft (which is free forever). Of course, after the initial six months, users would have to pay.
The partnership covers another major milestone. All these companies will augment Facebook’s URL blacklist with their own URL blacklist databases. This means whenever you click a link that would be checked against a combined URL blacklist database, thus decreasing your chances of falling into phishing or other online frauds.