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    Archive for October 3rd, 2011

    Facebook actually does something about malware links.

    Posted on Monday, October 3rd, 2011

    Facebook is adding a Websense Web link blacklist service to its arsenal of  defenses designed to protect users from clicking on links that lead to sites  hosting malware.

    The social-networking site will be using Websense ThreatSeeker Cloud  service, which warns people when they click on a link on Facebook that could be  malicious, the companies announced today. Facebook will start rolling out the  service today.

    The partnership follows one that Facebook announced in May with the free Web of Trust  safe surfing service. Facebook also has its own blacklist. The larger the pool  of blacklists the better the chances users will be protected from malware,  basically.

    When users click on a link, the online blacklist databases are checked to  see if the link is flagged. If the link is deemed unsafe, users will see a  warning and be given the option of ignoring the alert, returning to the previous  page, or getting more information.

     

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