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BitDefender safego for Facebook

How to protect your Facebook account from malicious posts, links and comments using BitDefender safego

By . Last modified: 2013-04-09.

Facebook is potentially an insecure place with privacy and security issues looming everywhere. While you can configure your Account and Privacy Settings to a reasonably good level at Facebook, malevolent apps can still flood your Wall and News Feed with scam messages, comments and links that propagate themselves to your friends' Walls. Because Facebook is platform-independent (you can use it equally on all operating systems and mobile phones, tablets, etc), it is easy to get infected just by clicking a wrong link on your phone. In worst case scenario, real computer worms, such as Koobface, might infect your Windows computer, too. Sounds scary enough?

Well, I'm glad to report that there is an easy-to-use solution! Cool BitDefender guys have created a Facebook application that scans your posts, comments and links and removes malicious ones quickly. It also scans your privacy settings to make your Facebook experience safer in the future. And as the app works within Facebook, you are protected everywhere and on every device, 24/7.

Installing BitDefender safego Facebook app

Log in to Facebook securely at https://www.facebook.com, if you're not already logged in. Then move on to BitDefender safego app page.

Click the green Install App button.
BitDefender safego Facebook app page. Click the green Install App button.

As with any app on Facebook, safego requests access to your information. It needs all these permissions to scan your information and settings and to inform you (and your Facebook friends who read items on your Wall) in case something malicious has been found.
That's one app that you can safely let in by clicking the Allow button.
BitDefender safego Facebook app installation, Request for Permission. Click Allow.

After a few seconds, you will see the app installed and ready to rumble.

Using BitDefender safego Facebook app

The very first thing to do is to click the Refresh button on the top left to scan your current items at once. This takes normally just a few moments.
BitDefender safego Facebook app. First thing to do after installation is to click the Refresh button that scans your current items.

Next, click the Publish To Wall button so that you will see the switch turning to On. This publishes a warning to your wall in case something malevolent has been found - so that your friends are informed about the scam quickly.
To publish a weekly summary of scanned and infected items, click the Publish Weekly Summary button to change its value to On. It is really up to you if you want to inform your friends about this. I left it off.
BitDefender safego Facebook app. Click the Publish To Wall button to turn on informing your friends via your Wall in case a malicious posting, comment or link has been found.

By the way, BitDefender QuickScan on the bottom right is covered in the Quick virus scan article.

If an infected item has been found

In case BitDefender safego detects a malicious item in your profile, the item will be removed. Also, a notice about the detection and removal will be published on your Wall if you turned Publish to wall on. See the picture above about this setting.
If your friend has an infected post or link, you can notice him/her about this using safego. Just click the red button with an exclamation mark.
If you have added a malicious post, click the red button with recycle bin .
BitDefender safego Facebook app, infected item found. Click the red exclamation mark to notify your friend about the malicious item. BitDefender safego Facebook app, infected item found. Click the red recycle bin to remove the malicious item.

For friends, type a message or use the default one. Then click Warn to post the message.
BitDefender safego Facebook app, infected item found - warn your friend. Type a message or use the default message. Then click Warn to post the item.

For your own Wall, the phishy message appears. Click the X mark on the right.
BitDefender safego Facebook app, malicious item on your Wall. Click the X mark on the right to see removal options.

Click Remove Post... if the scam message was not published by a rogue app; or click Remove <Application Name>... to remove both the malicious application and all its posts.
Then click Remove to confirm the deletion.
BitDefender safego Facebook app, malicious item on your Wall. Select Remove Post. BitDefender safego Facebook app, malicious item on your Wall. Select Remove <app name> to delete the app and all posts it has created.

Privacy check

Next, check your Privacy indicator. If it is in the red or yellow zone, click the small button with gears to make changes to your privacy settings. This takes you to Facebook's Privacy Settings page. I recommend using Friends there, but you can also read more detailed instructions in our Facebook Privacy Settings article.
The indicator is in the green (good) zone here:
BitDefender safego Facebook app, Privacy indicator. Click the Gears button to move to Facebook's Privacy Settings page in case the indicator is in the red or yellow zone.

And that is basically all! If only all security programs were that easy to use! Laughing

In case you want to check your safego statistics and indicators sometime later, just click the BitDefender safego link on the left on your Facebook home page.
BitDefender safego on your Facebook home page. Click to open safego settings and statistics.

After BitDefender safego has detected something, it has a number to the right of its name. The digit indicates how many suspicious items have been found.
Always take action as soon as possible to remove the malicious post or application.
BitDefender safego on your Facebook home page. If there is a number to the right of BitDefender safego, something malicious has been detected. Click it to open safego and then remove the malevolent post or app.


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