Facebook wants to keep its users secure from online malware threats, and has teamed up with security firm F-Secure to provide a free browser-based malware scanner. The No. 1 social networking website also is working with Trend Micro, so it's a two-pronged defense method that will be closely analyzed to ensure effectiveness.
It's great to see Facebook step up and work with security companies to try and keep its users secure in an evolving cyberthreat landscape. If a Facebook user is compromised, it's not uncommon to have malware collect personal information, post status updates, or send messages to friends, in a clever attempt to compromise more users.
Here is what Arto Saari, F-Secure Product Manager said: "Facebook's dramatic global growth has significantly changed how people interact with their friends and family. In turn, Facebook's popularity has made it a major target for online criminals. We are pleased to partner with Facebook to stop cybercriminals from taking advantage of Facebook's user base for malicious ends."