Facebook reveals new security tool

  • Facebook announced Tuesday it has been using a new
    security tool to help detect and remove malicious
    software for users of the world’s biggest social
    network. Facebook said it was working with Kaspersky
    Lab, bolstering a program implemented with other
    online security firms including ESET, F-Secure and Trend
    “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,” said Trevor Pottinger, a Facebook security
    “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.” Pottinger said 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
    Kaspersky Lab’s Kate Kochetkova said in a separate
    blog post that Facebook users are often targeted in
    online fraud schemes such as “phishing,” which are
    faked emails designed to get recipients to download
    malware. “Facebook is a major aim for phishers: one in
    five phishing scams targets Facebook notifications,”
    she said.
    “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.” Fraudsters
    may also use Facebook, Kochetkova said, to “‘like’
    weird things and promote questionable goods and
    services on your behalf.”


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