Tool #2 (ESET)
“Glancing through headlines in recent months reveals that malware continues to be a persistent problem for governments, companies, and individuals. With the potential to remain undetected on devices for months, malicious code can collect personal information and even spread to other computers in some cases. Compounding the challenges for defense, most people lack basic anti-malware programs that could protect their devices or clean up infections more quickly.
To help people who use Facebook to proactively combat malware and make it easier to find and use the right technology for protecting their devices, we announced partnerships in May with anti-malware leaders F-Secure and Trend Micro. These companies built free versions of their products directly into Facebook so that people could get the help they need without additional hassle. Today, we are expanding those capabilities by adding the anti-malware technology of another IT security vendor, ESET. A larger number of providers increases the chances that malware will get caught and cleaned up, which will help people on Facebook keep their information more secure.
We’ve worked with ESET to incorporate their finely tuned security software directly into our existing abuse detection and prevention systems, similarly to what we did earlier this year with the other providers. Together, these three systems will help us block malicious links and harmful sites from populating the News Feeds and Messages of the 1.35 billion people who use Facebook.
Here’s how it works: if the device you’re using to access our services is behaving suspiciously and shows signs of a possible malware infection, a message will appear offering you an anti-malware scan for your device. You can run the scan, see the scan results, and disable the software all without logging out of Facebook—making it seamless and easy to clean up an infected device.”