Facebook Adds ESET to Its Anti-Malware Arsenal

By David Cohen 

ESETLogo650Facebook added to its arsenal of security tools with its announcement Wednesday that it reached an agreement with information-technology-security vendor ESET to incorporate its anti-malware technology directly into the social network’s existing abuse detection and prevention systems.

The addition of ESET follows similar agreements with anti-malware outfits F-Secure and Trend Micro in May.

Chetan Gowda, a software engineer on Facebook’s site integrity team, detailed the agreement with ESET in a note on the Facebook Security page:

To help people who use Facebook 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 its 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.

Readers: Have you ever encountered malware on Facebook?