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23 November 2010, 16:22

BitDefender: 20% of Facebook news feeds contain infections

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BitDefender safego logo Security services provider BitDefender says that "around 20%" of user's news feeds and wall posts on the Facebook social-networking site contain infections. The data comes from the company's latest safego beta, a Facebook application that uses BitDefender's scanning technology to check a user's privacy levels, while identifying personal information that may be visible to strangers. The application also scans each user's wall, inbox messages and comments for malicious links, and shared content that may be compromised, such as images and videos.

In a November 15th wall post on the BitDefender safego Facebook page, the company says that, since its launch at the end of Octobers, safego has scanned more than 17 million Facebook posts. Once it detects a threat, safego alerts users and advises them on further actions – even providing options to warn their friends about infected links on their accounts. Discussing the amount of malware, BitDefender said that it will "continue to focus our efforts on adding new security features and increasing our detection rate," adding that, "if your friends stay safe, then you're safe!"

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