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Facebook, Kaspersky Lab agree security partnership

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Facebook has agreed a partnership with Kaspersky Lab that will tackle malicious threats on the world's largest social network, as well as offer free security software to users.

Kaspersky will supply up-to-the-minute data about the latest software threats to Facebook. This will be used by the social network to protect its users from "inadvertently visiting malicious web pages".

People are known to be more likely to share a link supplied by a friend, and cyber-criminals prey upon this trust to spread malicious URLs throughout a victim's personal contacts without their knowledge.

But now, when Facebook users share or click on a link shared by their friends, it will instantly be compared against Kaspersky Lab's database of malicious web pages.

If the link matches Facebook's list of known 'bad' URLs, then the user will be immediately notified and blocked from visiting the web page.

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This will prevent the user's personal information and computer from being put at risk, and stop the malicious link from spreading further.

Kaspersky Lab's team of more than 800 anti-malware experts can analyse 125,000 threats every day.

In addition to the security advice, Kaspersky Lab is offering Facebook users a free six-month subscription to Kaspersky PURE Total Security or Kaspersky Security for Mac.

The security software protects PC and Mac owners from malware threats that target either the OS X or Windows operating systems. The offers can be accessed through the 'AV Marketplace' tab on the Facebook Security page.

Discussing the Facebook partnership, Kaspersky Lab's director of global research Costin Raiu said: "Over the past ten years, we've seen incredible growth in the amount of personal information people will voluntarily share, and cyber-criminals have naturally 'followed the money' by creating scams and malicious programmes specifically targeting social networks.

"It takes a blend of online awareness and top-notch security technology to be protected online - one cannot take the place of the other - and by partnering with Facebook, Kaspersky Lab intends to provide both."

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Facebook's chief security officer Joe Sullivan added: "Starting today, the people who use Facebook will be able to benefit from Kaspersky's industry-leading intelligence and technology with their malicious URL data and inclusion in the AV Marketplace.

"We look forward to the combined work of our companies to help keep people safe both on and off of Facebook."

Facebook has agreed similar security partnerships with Avast, AVG, Avira, Panda, Total Defence, and Webroot, who will all provide software for its Antivirus Marketplace and add to its URL blacklist.

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