Facebook pushing malware security even harder

The social network wants its users to trust the Internet, not fear it. So it's adding new antivirus partners and mobile offerings to the free downloads in its online marketplace.

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Facebook is expanding its antivirus offerings by adding seven new partners, and mobile software, to its network of security companies.

The social network just added Avast, AVG, Avira, Kaspersky, Panda, Total Defense, and Webroot to its Antivirus Marketplace -- a place on its security page where users can download anti-malware software.

Since it launched in April, more than 30 million Facebook users have visited the marketplace page, which originally featured software from McAfee, Norton, Sophos, Trend Micro, and Microsoft. The software can be used for free for six months to a year, depending on what a user downloads.

The companies also added to Facebook's URL blacklist system, which keeps track of malicious links. Facebook says this system scans trillions of clicks each day to make sure that the links being shared are safe to visit, according to the company. The seven new companies will also contribute to this system and provide new tools that have yet to be announced.

It's all part of Facebook's continuing efforts to make its network more secure. Facebook also implemented phishing protections and malware checkpoints earlier this year.

Adding mobile software is key to security since a growing number of users access Facebook through mobile devices. Keeping your data safe is important to the social network. After all, your data is what it runs on.