It just got a little safer on Facebook. On Tuesday, Facebook launched a series of security “checkpoints” to help keeps Facebook pages virus free. The “checkpoints” are designed to help users from spreading malware to their “friends” on the site.
People who use Facebook are encouraged to enroll in the new anti-virus program. The program, from McAfee and Microsoft, will provide free virus scans and malware removal software. This added security could help in preventing hackers from gaining access to your personal information and sending malware to others.
“Previously, if you suspected you may have malware installed on your device, you would either need to run anti-virus on your device or wait until Facebook identified an actionable threat,” said Facebook . “Now, with our new self-enrollment malware checkpoint, you will be able to proactively obtain your choice of a free anti-virus product to scan and clean your system.”
There are two software options Facebook is providing to users. They are McAfee’s Scan and Repair and Microsoft’s Security Essentials. Users download the program they prefer to use. Once the program is downloaded, it will perform routine scans of your system for malware. If malware is detected, users will have the option of either automatically having the program remove the threat or the user may manually remove the malicious files. According to Facebook, the downloading of either the McAfee’s Scan and Repair or Microsoft’s Security Essentials will not interfere with any anti-virus or other security programs you may already have on your computer.
“Now, we are pleased to offer these tools directly to the people who use our service,” Facebook added.
This isn’t the first time Facebook has taken measures to protect their users. The social media site has been working on preventing the spread of malware. They have developed systems to search for malicious postings and spam on the site. And it April, they updated their external blacklist system to provide protection for their users from harmful websites that could download viruses onto your computer.
“We hope that by making our technology available to more users, on demand, will help all the people who use our service keep their data and devices secure,” Facebook said.