Free Security Service for All Facebook Users, Courtesy of ESET
Article by George Norman
On 04 Dec 2014
Security company ESET recently announced that it joined Facebook’s anti-malware initiative. As part of this initiative, ESET will help Facebook protect its users from malware via a free service called ESET Online Scanner.

Say a Facebook user is unlucky enough to get infected with malware. When that user logs into his Facebook account, Facebook will check for suspicious behavior – like sending infected links for example. If Facebook detects suspicious behavior, it will invite the user to get the free ESET Online Scanner for Facebook.


While ESET Online Scanner for Facebook scans the user’s computer, the user can keep on using Facebook and surfing the web. That’s because the scan runs silently in the background and does not cause any performance loss issues. When the scan is complete, the user will get a notification through Facebook. If the scan detected any malware, said malware will be removed from the user’s computer.

“Our goal is to offer our users the right technology to improve their experience of our services and better protect their devices. ESET Online Scanner for Facebook will significantly decrease the number of malicious links from among the trillions of clicks that take place every day on Facebook,” said Chetan Gowda, Software engineer at Facebook.

“ESET is pleased to offer its services to Facebook users all over the world. Signature low system footprint and ESET’s top rated detection technology used in ESET Online Scanner guarantee effective and easy detection for free,” said Ignacio Sbampato, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at ESET.

ESET designed ESET Online Scanner for Facebook to help Facebook users detect and remove malware from infected computers. The free service is based on ESET Online Scanner, a free product that performed more than 44 million scans and detected malware in almost half of all of instances.

I am going to bring up ESET Social Media Scanner as well. This is a free app that helps you secure your Facebook and Twitter accounts from malicious content.

I am also going to bring up that security companies F-Secure and Trend Micro joined Facebook’s anti-malware initiative back in May. These two companies built free versions of their products directly into Facebook so that Facebook users could get the help they need.

Tags: ESET, Facebook, security, ESET Online Scanner for Facebook, ESET Social Media Scanner
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