Facebook releases Malware Checkpoint

Social media service Facebook is aiming to assist users with vulnerability management by providing access to a malware checkpoint service free of charge.

Malware, shorthand for Malicious Software, is any type of software used by cybercriminals with the objective of disrupting usual processes or stealing confidential information.

In the past, any user which Facebook believed may have been affected by malware received a notification and was provided with the necessary software to remove the infection.

Facebook users will now be able to download this software free of charge at any time if they suspect they may be infected with Malware

"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," reads the announcement, published in a blog by Facebook Security on July 11.

"Now, with our new self-enrollment [SIC] malware checkpoint, you will be able to proactively obtain your choice of a free anti-virus product to scan and clean your system."

Problems may have already risen with the technology however. At the time of writing, an update at the top of the aforementioned post indicates that some users may be experiencing problems with one of the malware checkpoints.

The Facebook security team noted that it is currently working to resolve these issues and will release more information as it becomes available.

Use of Facebook and other social media services in the workplace has become more prevalent in recent years and while this offers certain benefits to employee morale and communication capabilities, it can also bring the same risks that are often associated with internet usage.

Businesses concerned about the risk of malware or other cyber threats should consider undergoing a regular security audit check in order to ensure that company protocols are up to scratch.

One thought on “Facebook releases Malware Checkpoint

  1. Yes and no. The best thing to do is just have excellent snirfug lifestyle. Dont visit questionable websites, dont open emails with attachments from people you dont know, dont install that cool small program that gives you neato icons.When i go to Jack in the Box, i can order a taco, a chicken pita pocket, a burger, and a chicken teriyaki bowl. It is simple to go there and get pretty much what ever type of food I want and it all tastes just okay. But if I want a really excellent burger, I go to Muellers Grill. Burgers are what they do and they do it well.All in one programs try and do everything. The tend to not do all of them very well. Don’t know how many times my all in one program has missed something that Malwarebytes or Spybot has found. Stick with what is working for you now. Use the programs that are designed to do that one thing. they will usually do it well.

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