Facebook’s security woes have been well documented. Today, the social networking giant unveiled a major partnership with security firm McAfee in an attempt to shore up the site and promote safe computing. eSecurity Planet has the details.
Facebook today said that it has struck a one-year partnership with security giant McAfee to better stamp out spam and malware from the world’s biggest social network.
Through the exclusive arrangement, McAfee (NYSE: MFE) is offering Facebook users a free six-month subscription to its security product, and a discounted rate after the trial expires.
The two companies partnered to develop a custom suite of security tools, including a software application, a scanning and repair tool and a spate of education materials to promote safe computing practices.
“For the rare case in which an account is compromised, we’ve developed a unique process that requires the account owner to take steps to secure the account and learn security best practices,” Facebook project manager Jake Brill wrote in a blog post explaining the partnership. “We’ve also incorporated custom McAfee software into this process for people identified as having infected computers.”