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Facebook partners with IT security vendor ESET

ESET, a global digital security provider, has joined Facebook’s anti-malware initiative to offer free online scanning.

By: | Updated: December 4, 2014 4:36 PM
ESET, a global digital security provider, has joined Facebook’s anti-malware initiative to offer free online scanning to all Facebook users. (Reuters)

ESET, a global digital security provider, has joined Facebook’s anti-malware initiative to offer free online scanning to all Facebook users. (Reuters)

ESET, a global digital security provider, has joined Facebook’s anti-malware initiative to offer free online scanning to all Facebook users.

ESET’s solution will help users to scan and identify malware that was posted to their Facebook accounts after logging onto an infected computer and safely remove it. ESET Online Scanner for Facebook is going live today and will be available for all Facebook users.

“Our goal is to offer our users the right technology to improve their experience of our services andbetter protect their devices. ESET Online Scanner for Facebook will significantly decrease the number of malicious links from among the trillions of clicks that take place every day on Facebook,” said Chetan Gowdaat of Facebook.

When a Facebook user logs into their account, the social networking site checks for signs of any suspicious behavior- like sending spam messages or infected links to people’s friends. If this kind of activity is detected, Facebook displays a message offering the user a chance to use ESET Online Scanner for Facebook – utilised directly within Facebook without a fee or interruption.

If users download and run the scanner, they can continue to use Facebook and other services on their device without any loss of performance. When the scan is complete, they will receive a notification through Facebook and also be able to review the results of the scan. Cleanup begins after the scan is complete if any malware is discovered. In the end the user is provided with the result and link to www.eset.com.

This service for Facebook is based on free product ESET Online Scanner, which protects millions of users online. Out of more than 44 million of scans, ESET Online Scanner successfully detected malware in almost half of all of instances.

 

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