Trend Micro helps Facebook with cyber threats
Companies extend partnership to help detect and remove malware with HouseCall solution
Trend Micro has today announced it has expanded its partnership with Facebook to incorporate a royalty-free security solution, which will help to detect malware and keep devices secure.
Trend Micro HouseCall is designed to complement Facebook's existing systems to mitigate threats by detecting and alerting users to malicious activity that could compromise user security and privacy.
"HouseCall will give Facebook users an additional safeguard against the malicious attacks that interacting online can bring," said Kevin Simzer, chief marketing officer, Trend Micro. "We are pleased to partner with one of the world's leading social media networks to provide a free solution that will help protect the online security and privacy of billions of users."
"The scanning process enables users to continue to work online in a more secure environment without unintentionally sharing malicious content or being infected from unsuspecting accounts. HouseCall helps make social networking safer on Facebook."
Effective from today, potentially infected users will be identified and notified by Facebook and offered the option to download the free version of HouseCall, which will check for and remove malware.
HouseCall will begin its scan on affected accounts of users who choose to download the scanner, and users will be able to continue using Facebook while the scan takes place. Once the scan is complete, a message will alert users if the clean-up was successful or unsuccessful.
Chetan Gowda, software engineer at Facebook said: "We use a combination of systems to help protect people using Facebook from threats like malware. Incorporating the malware detection and clean-up capabilities of Trend Micro HouseCall into these systems will increase our ability to perform this important work."