McAfee Targets Facebook Users

by CXOtoday Staff    Jan 20, 2010

Popular networking site Facebook has signed an agreement with McAfee for consumer security software. The tie-up means the security software vendor now has access to nearly 350 million Facebook users.

Under the agreement, Facebook users will be eligible for a complimentary six-month subscription of the McAfee Internet Security Suite software.

Replying to our email, a McAfee spokesperson said, "All Facebook users will be eligible for complimentary six-month subscription of Internet Protection Suite. The six-month complimentary subscription offers users with antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-phishing, two-way firewall protection, anti-spam and parental controls. It also features McAfee SiteAdvisor, a website safety advisor which uses simple color codes to identify risky websites so users can safely surf the web and transact online."

Following the complimentary offer, Facebook users will be eligible for a special discount subscription pricing. In order to avail the subscription, users must have an active Facebook account and they must become a fan of McAfee on Facebook. The users will then need to provide a valid credit card number and billing address to ensure automatic renewal of subscription, which shall help the users to combat the ever-evolving threats. Users can also opt out of the auto renewal facility by following the instructions stated in the sign up page.

The service is already available to Facebook users in countries like the US, UK, Australia, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, France, Canada, Mexico and Brazil. India and other countries would be covered in Q1 of 2010 in a phased manner.

Meanwhile, McAfee has denied that the company has other popular networking sites like Twitter, MySpace, Orkut, etc. on its radar as of now.