NCSA Board Member Companies collaborate to help people Keep a Clean Machine

Apr 25, 2012 9:37am

By Emily Eckland, NCSA Managing Editor of Digital Media

Facebook is teaming up with several other NCSA Board Member companies to share information and help make the Internet safer everyone.

The social networking site just launched its Anti-Virus Marketplace, which offers free downloads of six-month licenses to full versions of anti-virus software from Microsoft, McAfee, Trend Micro, Sophos and Symantec. 

In addition to offering free licenses, all of the anti-virus providers will share their malicious URL databases with Facebook and its URL blacklist system, which scans trillions of clicks per day for spam, malware and other threats.

This information sharing means Facebook users will get an extra level of protection when they click on links and will be blocked from visiting unsafe sites.

At NCSA, we believe the collaboration of companies to create a safer, more secure Internet is critical to the ecosystem of the online world.

We applaud Facebook, Microsoft, McAfee, Trend Micro, Sophos and Symantec for taking this step and working together.

It’s our Shared Responsibility to make the Internet safer for everyone.

Everyone has a role in securing their part of cyberspace, including the devices and networks they use. 

You can do your part by keeping a clean machine.  Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats.

Many software programs will automatically connect and update to defend against known risks. You should turn on the automatic updates feature, if that’s an available option.

When you are on Facebook - or any other social networking site - connect with care. If a link looks suspicious, don’t click on it. Links in email, tweets, status updates and online advertising are ways cybercriminals can compromise your computer. When in doubt, throw it out.