Finnish online security and privacy company F-Secure has partnered with Facebook to help users of the world’s largest social network stay safe online. With F-Secure’s technology, Facebook will offer a browser-based malware scanner as a free service for Facebook users whose account has been temporarily frozen due to suspicious activity caused by a potential malware infection.
Product Manager at F-Secure, Arto Saari says that Facebook’s dramatic global growth has significantly changed how people interact with their friends and family which has in turn made it a major target for online criminals. He adds that F-secure is pleased to partner with Facebook to stop cybercriminals from taking advantage of Facebook’s user base for malicious ends. F-Secure’s malware scanning and cleanup technology is fully integrated to the Facebook user experience. When Facebook identifies an account behaving suspiciously, it will redirect the user to the cleanup process. The scan and cleanup is executed directly in the browser window, inside Facebook. After cleanup is complete, the user can securely log into their Facebook account, safe from hackers and spyware.
Chetan Gowda, Software Engineer at Facebook says that helping people stay safe on Facebook is a hugely important part of what they do and that they are glad to be adding the strength of F-Secure’s anti-virus technology to our existing systems to block and eradicate malware.