Facebook to get free shield

SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook, the world's No 1 social networking site - which has been a target of several high-profile cyber attacks -is giving away security software from McAfee Inc to protect its users.

Facebook said its 350million users can download a free six-month trial of McAfee's Internet Security Suite, which protects computer users from viruses and other Internet threats.

Facebook and McAfee have also co-developed a separate online tool that will scan and clean the computers of Facebook users which show signs of having fallen prey to an online attack.

Facebook said the scanning tool is being offered to its users at no charge.

And it will not receive any revenue from McAfee if Facebook users purchase the McAfee Internet Security Suite software following the six-month trial.

Representatives of the two companies said in an interview that McAfee would advertise on Facebook as part of the partnership. - Reuters