Facebook and Websense Protect Users from Malicious Links

Facebook has partnered with Websense to help protect its users from malicious links over Facebook. Starting today the Websense technology will be added to Facebook’s existing protection in place to stop users from clicking on links without knowing the trustworthiness of the destination.

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“Facebook cares deeply about protecting users from potentially malicious content on the internet,” said Dan Rubinstein, Facebook product manager for Site Integrity. “We are excited about our partnership with Websense to provide industry leading tools to help our users protect themselves.”

The technology will be powered by the Websense ThreatSeeker cloud which is an advanced malware identification platform. A user on Facebook may see a link in their News Feed or via a Message, when they click on the link a window will pop up either telling the user the link is safe or malicious. A user can also choose to ignore the warning if they would like to proceed to a site that was deemed malicious by Websense and Facebook.

Websense cannot however protect users against complete ignorance, some users will just simply ignore the warning and proceed. It is nice, however that Facebook has taken the time to forge a partnership with a company that has 15 years experience in the field.

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