Safe Access to Facebook with the Updated AVG Toolbar
Article by George Norman
On 27 May 2010
AVG Technologies, company that specializes in providing antivirus and internet security protection to home and business users, recently announced that it updated its browser toolbar in an effort to provide a higher level of security to the user. To be more precise, the AVG toolbar now includes secure access to the hugely popular social networking site Facebook – the site has more than 400 million registered users.

As AVG Technologies explained, the toolbar acts like a secure portal. Through this portal the user can send alerts, friend requests, event invitations, status updates and pokes. If the user wants to view only certain updates, there’s a Facebook Notifier feature that can be used to filter out the alerts the user does not want to see.


The updated toolbar does not focus on Facebook alone – it also focuses on Skype and the weather. The AVG toolbar also provides secure access to Skype and weather updates.

The toolbar presented above is included in all of AVG’s security software products, including AVG Free, the antivirus application that keeps your computer safe and secure for no charge whatsoever. If you do not have an antivirus application and would like to keep your computer safe and secure for free, you could get AVG Free here. For an enhanced level of protection you could try other AVG products – see a detailed list on the AVG's official site here.

“Our virus researchers have been warning consumers for the past year of hacks and scams that can be perpetrated via the social networks, so we are looking for ways to better align into these networks and begin to help make these interactions more secure,” said J.R. Smith, CEO of AVG Technologies. “By adding this functionality into our toolbar, we are starting on a path to help keep our customers protected when they work, play, listen, view or connect online. AVG is protecting people, not PCs, and this addition to the tool bar gives them a convenient and secure channel through which to update Facebook status, launch Skype and get weather alerts.”

Here’s an image of the AVG toolbar in action:

Tags: AVG Technologies, AVG toolbar, Security, Social networking, Facebook
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