Facebook working with Kaspersky to improve the online security of its users

Facebook working with Kaspersky, F-Secure, ESET and Trend Micro to detect and clean the malware from its user’s machine.

Facebook announced today that its working with Kaspersky and other security firms like ESET, F-Secure and Trend Micro to detect and remove malware from Facebook users’ computers.

Trevor Pottinger, a Facebook security engineer said:
Thanks to the collaboration with these companies, in the past three months we have helped clean up more than two million people’s computers that we detected were infected with malware when they connected to Facebook.In these cases, we present a cleanup tool that runs in the background while you continue using Facebook, and you get a notification when the scan is done to show you what it found.

The program uses a combination of signals to help find infections and get the malware off of your computer for good, even if the malware isn’t actively spreading spam or harmful links.

Kaspersky Lab’s Kate Kochetkova said in a separate blog post:

Facebook is a major aim for phishers: one in five phishing scams targets Facebook notifications. So be vigilant when you receive emails appearing to be from Facebook: as they can be fake. There are lots of Trojans targeting Facebook users as well.

Fraudster may also use Facebook to like weird things and promote questionable goods and services on your behalf.

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