McAfee to protect Facebook users from cybercrime

Collaboration with Facebook described as ‘major milestone’ in fight to secure the internet

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McAfee to protect Facebook users from cybercrime Facebook has partnered with McAfee to keep its users safe online and reduce global cybercrime. (Getty Images)
By  Vineetha Menon Published  January 13, 2010

Security specialists McAfee have joined hands with the popular social networking site Facebook to fight cybercrime.

The collaboration, which has been described as a ‘major milestone in the fight to secure the Internet and reduce global cybercrime', will see a McAfee custom scanning and repair tool available to more than 350 million Facebook users for free.  

McAfee will also be Facebook's exclusive provider of consumer security software, with Facebook users eligible for a complimentary six-month subscription of McAfee's Internet Security Suite software. When the complimentary subscription runs out, users are eligible for special discounts should they decide to purchase the software.

The Internet Security Suite will be available to Facebook users in the United States, United Kingdom., Australia, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, France, Canada, Mexico and Brazil initially, with additional countries added throughout the first quarter of 2010.

Under the partnership terms, both companies will also be working together to create educational content for the Facebook Security Page, McAfee's own Facebook Page will features the offer on the 'Protect Your PC' tab as well as security information on 'Protect Your Kids' and 'Security Notes' tabs.

Facebook chose to partner with McAfee after completing an in-depth review process of all the leading security vendors, and claims that it "will not be taking a share of any revenue from user subscriptions" should they choose to purchase McAfee software.

Facebook has been focusing on online security recently and has even set up its own advisory board, made up of Childnet International and The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) among others, to review existing safety resources available to its users.

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