Facebook adds Webroot for online security

Webroot, a leader in delivering Internet security as a service, said that it is partnering with Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) to provide protection against online security threats including viruses, phishing, malicious websites, identity theft, and bogus downloads.

Webroot, a leader in delivering Internet security as a service, said that it is partnering with Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) to provide protection against online security threats including viruses, phishing, malicious websites, identity theft, and bogus downloads.

Facebook users can protect themselves against cybercriminals in two ways. First, they can access Webroot’s award-winning Webroot SecureAnywhere cloud-based protection for their computers through the Facebook AV Marketplace. Second, when a user clicks on a link on their Facebook newsfeed that leads to a malicious website, they will be notified by Webroot’s URL Classification Service that the website is known to be malicious.

“As a community of more than a billion users, Facebook is committed to ensuring that both our users and their data remain safe,” said Joe Sullivan, chief security officer, Facebook. “Today we are excited to announce the addition of Webroot’s malicious URL data to Facebook’s site integrity systems and their software in our AV Marketplace. We look forward to better protecting the people who use our service with this partnership and Webroot’s industry-leading technology and expertise.”

Webroot provides real-time protection against malicious websites through its URL Classification Service. It categorizes millions of websites and scores them based on a thorough analysis of the website’s content, reputation, age and threat rating. When users click on a link that is found to be malicious, they will see a pop-up alert that provides them with additional information about why the site was classified as malicious. Users can then make a better-informed decision about whether to visit that site.

To access Webroot SecureAnywhere and learn more about Facebook’s security efforts, users can visit www.facebook.com/security.