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Facebook arms users with Trend Micro and F-Secure anti-malware support

21 May 2014
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Facebook has announced plans to integrate anti-malware technologies from security firms Trend Micro and F-Secure into its services, in a bid to help spot and clean infected machines logging in to the service.

Facebook software engineer Chetan Gowda announced that the company will offer the technologies to customers in a public blog post.

"We've worked with F-Secure and Trend Micro to incorporate free anti-malware software downloads directly into our existing abuse detection and prevention systems," explained Gowda.

"When logging in from the infected device, you'll see a notification screen about a malware infection, along with a recommendation to use F-Secure's malware scanning and cleanup technology or HouseCall from Trend Micro."

Chowda said that people can choose to not use the services, but recommended that they heed Facebook's malware warnings.

"You can choose to skip the malware removal process and decline to download the recommended scanner," read the post.

"[But] each product contains distinct malware signatures and is suited to different kinds of threats, so we recommend trying the suggested product even if you already have an anti-virus or similar program running on your machine."

Chowda said that Facebook plans to expand the number of anti-malware service options in the near future.

The Trend Micro and F-Secure services integration is one of many steps taken by Facebook to combat hackers targeting its users in recent months. Facebook unveiled a new automated ThreatData security service in March.

ThreatData is a central intelligence tool designed to automatically detect, catalogue and combat incoming cyber threats.

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Alastair Stevenson

Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

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