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! 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.
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.
After a few seconds, you will see the app installed and ready to rumble.
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.
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.
By the way, BitDefender QuickScan on the bottom right is covered in the Quick virus scan article.
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 .
For friends, type a message or use the default one. Then click Warn to post the message.
For your own Wall, the phishy message appears. Click the X mark on the right.
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.
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:
And that is basically all! If only all security programs were that easy to use!
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.
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.