According to a latest update, the social networking giant Facebook has joined hands with five security vendors to offer a range of free and subscription-based antivirus packages.
Sources informed, security leaders like Microsoft, McAfee, TrendMicro, Sophos, and Symantec are now part of Facebook’s third party security providers, which will offer a range of antivirus packages for Windows and Mac users.
With the latest move, these vendors have become part of the social network’s “Facebook Security Family”, which could be a major help for security vendors.
Facebook’s Antivirus Marketplace is reportedly offering few software for download including McAfee Internet Security (PC), Microsoft Security Essentials (PC), Norton Antivirus (PC and Mac), Trend Micro (PC and Mac), and Sophos Antivirus (Mac). Out of these products, Microsoft’s Security Essentials for Windows and Sophos’ Home Edition for Macs are actually free products.
It is reportedly said that the antivirus companies will also be contribute for educational information and security updates to the community via the Facebook Security Blog.
To the reader’s surprise, six months of free updates are included with each download. However, users can download just one free antivirus application per Facebook account.