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Trend Micro Announces Partnership With Facebook Offering Users Protection For Their Digital Life

Trend Micro Smart Protection Network uses cloud technology, threat correlation, and a global network of threat intelligence sensors to stop malware and Web threats

CUPERTINO, Calif., April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704, #TrendMicro ), a global cloud security leader, today announced a strategic partnership with Facebook to help educate and protect users' digital life against malicious sites and malware. Facebook will support integration of the Trend Micro(TM) Smart Protection Network(TM) infrastructure, which uses cloud technology, threat correlation, and a global network of threat intelligence sensors to proactively stop malware and web threats before they reach the computer. Facebook will utilize this technology to help block malicious links from their site.

Facebook users can now benefit from the same protection that is employed by the world's largest businesses. When a Facebook user, on a Mac, PC or mobile device, clicks on links that have been passed to them or posted on their friend's wall, that link will automatically (and behind the scenes) be first analyzed by Trend Micro's Smart Protection Network which will perform a real-time analysis of that URL and the content of that link to determine whether it's safe or not. If that link is deemed unsafe, Trend Micro will warn the user that the link leads to malicious websites and malware sites. Now incorporated within Facebook's database of external malicious URL intelligence providers, the Trend Micro Smart Protection Network infrastructure delivers advanced protection from the cloud, blocking threats in real-time while processing more than 70 billion URL, email, and file queries daily. Every day, Trend Micro blocks over 1.4 billion threats and processes more than 300 million new URLs.

Trend Micro and Facebook will also be teaming up to promote and provide security education which will inform of the latest threat developments through on-going contributions to Facebook's Security page, e-guides, blog posts, quizzes, videos and more.

"Now that Facebook is a primary platform for communication, whether you're nine or ninety-nine, it's only become a bigger target for cybercriminals," said Carol Carpenter, general manager, consumer division at Trend Micro. "This is why we're thrilled to partner with Facebook to offer an additional layer of protection to users so they don't have to think twice when interacting with friends and uploading pictures from their weekend."

"We are thrilled to be incorporating Trend Micro's Smart Protection Network to Facebook's existing database of malicious URLs, and the opportunity to offer Trend Micro software to our users," said Joe Sullivan, chief security officer at Facebook. "This partnership will better enable us to protect the people who use our service, no matter where they are in the web."

Additionally, Trend Micro is also offering Facebook PC users a free 6-month trial of Trend Micro(TM) Titanium(TM) Security Essentials, and for Facebook Mac users a free trial of Trend Micro(TM) Smart Surfing for Mac. Titanium(TM) Security Essentials and Smart Surfing for Mac provide vital protection for users who want to surf the Web hassle free. Initially this is available for users in the US, Canada, UK and Australia. To sign up, join Trend Micro's Fearless Web community on Facebook. "Like" Fearless Web to receive six months free of Trend Micro Titanium Security Essentials or Trend Micro Smart Surfing for Mac. This offer can also be accessed through Facebook's security page.

Trend Micro Titanium Security Essentials

-- Uses cloud technology to proactively stop threats before they reach you -- Utilizes less than half the disk space and memory of other security products -- Intuitive interface is easy to install and use -- Top rated protection scores from AV Comparatives* Trend Micro Smart Surfing for Mac

-- Protects against phishing scams and other online threats -- Prevents malicious downloads from websites -- Allows you to manage your children's online activities with parental controls -- Free automatic updates -- #1 best-selling Mac product in the US** * Based on AV Comparatives Whole Product Dynamic "Real World" Protection test results from May - August 2011 ** Based on twelve months of aggregated US retail sales data reported by the NPD Group in January 2012

About Trend Micro Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global cloud security leader, creates a world safe for exchanging digital information with its Internet content security and threat management solutions for businesses and consumers. A pioneer in server security with over 20 years' experience, we deliver top-ranked client, server and cloud-based security that fits our customers' and partners' needs, stops new threats faster, and protects data in physical, virtualized and cloud environments. Powered by the industry-leading Trend Micro Smart Protection Network cloud computing security infrastructure, our products and services stop threats where they emerge - from the Internet. They are supported by 1,000+ threat intelligence experts around the globe.

Additional information about Trend Micro Incorporated and its products and services are available at Trend Micro.com. This Trend Micro news release and other announcements are available at http://NewsRoom.TrendMicro.com and as part of an RSS feed at www.trendmicro.com/rss. Or follow our news on Twitter at @TrendMicro.

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