Facebook Launches Antivirus Marketplace With Free Downloads

by Jonathan N
Facebook has decided to team up with Antivirus giants like Norton, McAfee, Microsoft, Sophos and Trend Micro to launch a Antivirus Marketplace which users will allow to download a 6 month free trial of the companies software. Facebook is adamant in keeping its users safe no matter if they are searching the web or not.  Facebook hosts 901 million users. These users can downlaod free copies of MCAfee Internet Security, Norton, Microsoft Security Essentials, Sophos- for mac users, and trend Micro Security. The Antivirus giants will also contribute posts to Facebook’s security blogs with great tips and information on how to stay sage on the social network. Facebook claims that they have less than 4% of spam on their site compared to emails which consist of 90% spam.

This article was very interesting because it shows how much great measures facebook takes to remain the best social media website. They know that if their site had spam or any type of viruses people will immediately look elsewhere. This article was relevant to our class because we have spoken up Database security and how important it is to keep a successful company keep on going.

 Chloe Albanesius (April 25, 2012) Facebook Launches Antivirus Marketplace With Free Downloads

Refereed to: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2403534,00.asp

3 thoughts on “Facebook Launches Antivirus Marketplace With Free Downloads

  • May 28, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    It makes sense that Facebook would incorporate this into their system, as they are quite the frequent target of hackers and malicious software. They host a myriad of links, any of which could host a source of malware to interfere with your security, so it only seems logical to offer users free security software.

  • May 29, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    This is great for Facebook! During a time when users are annoyed by spammers on FB posting stupid fake links. Facebook made a smart move my offering these antivirus programs via facebook. It shows effort on their part and it encourages user to continue using their site.

  • May 31, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    This is a good idea not only by Facebook, but by the software providers as well. It’s like a double marketing tactic saying Facebook is a safe place, as well as offering trial subscriptions of anti-virus software by the providers mentioned. It’s a win win situation and I am impressed if what Facebook says is true about 4% spam on their site.

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