The social networking giant Facebook has joined hands with security solution providing companies like Microsoft, McAfee, TrendMicro, Sophos, and Symantec Corporation to enhance the security of its users.


The social networking platform has gained the attention of hackers and malicious code designers due to its massive popularity. As Facebook is planning to go public next month, it has taken this step to keep the spammers and hackers at bay from its 845 million users. Facebook is also integrating malicious URL data provided by its security partners into its URL blacklist system. Facebook will now give a warning to its users beforehand when they click on a website that could possibly pose a threat to their computers.


“So whenever you click a link on our site, you benefit not just from Facebook’s existing protections, but the ongoing vigilance of the world’s leading corporations involved in computer security,” explains Facebook on its security blog.


As part of the new partnerships, users are being given the option to sign-up for a free six-month subscription to install the anti-virus software on their computer.