FACEBOOK HAS TEAMED UP with security vendors Trend Micro and F-Secure to integrate the anti-virus companies' technologies into its social network.
The move is to help spot and clean infected machines logging into the service, Facebook software engineer Chetan Gowda said in a blog post.
"We've worked with F-Secure and Trend Micro to incorporate free anti-malware software downloads directly into our existing abuse detection and prevention systems," explained Gowda.
"When logging in from the infected device, you'll see a notification screen about a malware infection, along with a recommendation to use F-Secure's malware scanning and cleanup technology or Housecall from Trend Micro."
Chowda said that people can choose to not use the services, but recommended that they be attentive to Facebook's malware warnings.
"You can choose to skip the malware removal process and decline to download the recommended scanner," he admitted.
"[But] each product contains distinct malware signatures and is suited to different kinds of threats, so we recommend trying the suggested product even if you already have an anti-virus or similar program running on your machine."
Chowda said that Facebook plans to expand its anti-malware service options in the near future.
The Trend Micro and F-Secure services integration is one of many steps taken by Facebook to combat hackers targeting its users in recent months. Facebook unveiled a new automated Threatdata security service in March. Threatdata is a central intelligence tool designed to automatically detect, catalogue and combat incoming cyber threats.
On Wednesday, Facebook also launched a Shazam-style audio recognition feature, touting it as "a new way to share and discover music, TV and movies". It will soon want access to your camera, too, with the social network reportedly set to launch a Snapchat competitor named Slingshot later in the year. µ