Facebook Beefs Up Security

Brett Molina, USA TODAY
Thursday, 26 Apr 2012 | 10:50 AM ET
David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images

Facebook is taking several steps to ensure its 900 million users explore the social network more securely.

They've launched an Antivirus Marketplace, teaming with Microsoft and other top security firms such as McAfee, TrendMicro, Sophos and Symantec to offer free anti-virus software to users.

The social network will also augment its database of malicious Internet links with the blacklists from each security company.

"Nothing is more important to us than the safety of the people who use Facebook, and the security of their data," reads a note from Facebook's security team.

Users can acquire six-month licenses to full versions of anti-virus software from Facebook's partners at no charge.

Along with a security blog, Facebook is offering tips for safe browsing on the social network.

Facebook's security push comes as social networks become an increasingly popular target for spammers and hackers, as Sophos suggests in a report on the top countries responsible for spam.

Earlier this month, Twitter filed a lawsuit targeting five of the most aggressive spammers and added new features to fight junk tweets.

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