Facebook already has built-in protection to prevent users from clicking on malicious links on the social network, and now, they've gone a step further. The social networking giant has teamed up with Websense, a web, email and data security solutions company to ensure that users don't click on links that lead to malware and malicious websites. Websense will work to stop users from clicking on links without knowing the trustworthiness of the destination. When a Facebook user clicks on a link, it will be checked against the Websense database. If Websense determines the link is malicious, it will issue a warning for the user saying that the choice to continue is at their own risk. Users will also be given the option to see why a particular link was flagged or marked as malicious.
Partner up to protect you
“Websense has been analyzing and classifying the internet for more than 15 years, and now all Facebook users will be protected by the same core technology that is used in the market-leading Websense TRITON enterprise security solutions,” said Dan Hubbard, Websense Chief Technology Officer. If you'd like to stay on top of Facebook security, including taking a quiz on how you can be secure on Facebook, go to the Facebook security page at www.facebook.com/security.