BROOMFIELD, Colo., Oct. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Webroot, a leader in delivering Internet security as a service, today announced that it is partnering with Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) to provide the social network's more than 1 billion users with protection against online security threats including viruses, phishing, malicious websites, identity theft, and bogus downloads.
Starting today, 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 delivers what every Internet user and Social Media maven needs today – the fastest, most reliable online security for their PCs, Macs, tablets and smartphones. Webroot's cloud-based service means users are protected without interruptions from long scan times or downloading security updates. Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus includes layers of protection such as a firewall, identity protection, antiphishing, and a Web Threat Shield to block harmful websites. Unlike traditional security programs, Webroot's cloud-based threat analysis is always current against the newest threats, so it never needs to be updated. Independent testing has also proven that SecureAnywhere's scheduled scans are 116 times faster than the leading competitors and use 91 percent less memory during a scan, so users don't have to compromise performance to be protected.