BitDefender unveils beta version security app for Facebook

Internet security vendor BitDefender has unveiled a beta version of its application for Facebook called safego.

Housed on a user's Facebook account, the tool checks his or hers privacy levels and identifies personal information that's visible to strangers. It also scans the user's wall, message inbox and comments for malicious links and compromised shared content like videos and pictures.

"It's clear that a large number of people don't understand how much personal information they're sharing with the world. The BitDefender safego app makes it easy to identify what's shared and make the necessary changes," said Catalin Cosoi, head of the BitDefender Online Threats Lab. "Additionally, we've seen an increasing number of attacks targeted at the 500 million users of Facebook."

The application can also warn users when they should modify their Facebook privacy settings so personal information isn't exposed. Another feature is a "scan now" button for the users to get a snapshot of their Facebook security status. The tool gives users the ability to warn their friends about infected links in their Facebook accounts. safego promises to protect Facebook accounts even when users are not logged in.