Facebook Adds Websense To Help Protect Users From Malware
October 3, 2011

Facebook Adds Websense To Help Protect Users From Malware

Facebook announced on Monday that it is partnering with security firm Websense to help combat malware and phishing.

The world's largest social network has over 750 million users so far and is reaching out to Websense to help protect its users from clicking on links without knowing whether its trustworthy.

Websense said that once a Facebook user clicks on a link, it will be checked against the security firm's data to determine whether or not it is a safe destination.

The new security system will visit a page and apply a series of tests for Trojans, phishing attempts, botnets and other threats.

If a threat is detected, Facebook will present a warning with links to more information.

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

Facebook will be using Websense's ThreatSeeker Cloud, which is a malware identification platform.

ThreatSeeker Cloud analyzes content in real-time by Websense's proprietary Advanced Classification Engine (ACE) technology.

"Every day, Websense Security Labs works to discover, investigate, and report on advanced internet threats that are designed to circumvent antivirus product," Dan Hubbard, Websense Chief Technology Officer, said in a press release.  "By providing real-time protection from malware, spyware, inappropriate content, data leaks, and spam, we make it safe for people and businesses to use the web."

Security firm Symantec said in a report in April that malicious links accounted for two-thirds of all shortened links on social networks in 2010.


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