McAfee has announced a partnership with Facebook that will see the vendor become the exclusive provider of consumer security software for the social networking website.

Facebook users will also be eligible for a complimentary six-month subscription of the McAfee Internet Security Suite software. Following the six-month period, Facebook users will be eligible for special discount subscription pricing.

Upon the launch, McAfee Internet Security Suite will be available to Facebook users in the US, UK, Australia, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, France, Canada, Mexico and Brazil. Numerous additional countries will be added throughout the next few months.

Also, if a Facebook account is compromised, a process developed by the site will now include custom McAfee technology to clean users' computers.

Todd Gebhart, executive vice president and general manager, McAfee consumer, mobile and small business, said: “Facebook is very serious about security and has made significant efforts to protect its users and service by investing in dedicated teams and sophisticated systems, and this partnership with McAfee furthers that mission.

“We believe our partnership will make a real difference in the battle to secure the internet by giving so many more people access to industry leading technology from McAfee.”

Elliot Schrage, vice president of global communications, marketing and public policy at Facebook, said: “By partnering with a market leader like McAfee, we are taking an unprecedented step towards making the entire internet more secure and reducing the possibility of threats being brought onto our service by unsuspecting users.

“Keeping the internet secure requires that users, security vendors and internet companies all work together. We think we've developed an excellent model for this collaboration, and to ensure the greatest possible value to our users, Facebook will not accept any revenue from subscriptions. We hope this is something that other services will emulate.”