All Facebook links will now be scanned for security threats

By on October 4, 2011
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All links will be scanned in real-time.

In an effort to step up their security measures, Facebook has partnered up with Websense to scan all the external links that are posted on Facebook. Basically, whenever a user clicks on any link that’s posted on their Facebook, it will first be scanned by Websense in real-time.

Websense will essentially scan the linked page for virus, trojans, malware or any other malicious software or a page flagged as containing racially abusive or illegal sexual content. While Google has a similar technique for searching web results for harmful websites, it does so against a list of ‘good and bad’ websites, whereas Websense checks the links every time a user clicks on it, regardless of whether it was safe when some other user clicked on the same link previously.

“Good sites can be hacked by criminals at any time,” said Spencer Parker of Websense to The Telegraph. “Facebook is a big target for criminals online,” said Mr. Parker, “We’ll be protecting all 750 million of its users.”


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