Students battle Facebook malware with security app

Bryant University uses a program that isolates potential phishing victims and blocks their access to the campus network until the student has followed instructions that help him or her fix the security breach.

It usually takes students about three minutes to clear malware picked up through social media, Domen said.

MyPageKeeper joins another popular anti-malware Facebook application that gained traction in higher education last fall.

BitDefender’s Safego reviews Facebook pages using cloud computing and provides a privacy rating that tells users how vulnerable they are to a social media phishing attack.

Facebook use is “already embedded” in higher education, Domen said, meaning IT officials will have to tread lightly in policing Facebook use among its network users.

“It seems like there’s only a handful of people on campus that aren’t on Facebook,” he said. “So this challenge is going to continue.”