Sophos to protect Facebook users from malicious links

By on April 26, 2012
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IT security company Sophos has announced a partnership with Facebook to help protect users from malicious links. The company is also offering free anti-virus software for Mac users.

“We are pleased to begin partnering with Sophos to better protect our users both on and off of Facebook,” said Joe Sullivan, chief of security, Facebook. “We believe incorporating Sophos’s industry-leading computer security intelligence, and expertise, will help us provide even more security to those using Facebook.”

How this will work is when Facebook users click a link, information pertaining to that website will be sent to Sophos’s database where it will be cross-referenced to see if the website has been marked safe or not. If the website is unsafe, it will redirect users to a warning page and offer them the choice to either continue at their own risk, or return to the previous website.

“For many hundreds of millions of people, Facebook has become the default forum for sharing and consuming opinions, news and personal content. Because content is typically posted by a trusted source – a friend – many users incorrectly assume links are safe. Scammers often take advantage of the trust relationship to fool users into clicking malicious links,” said Mark Harris, vice president, SophosLabs. “Our partnership with Facebook will educate users to make more informed decisions regarding what they click on and will help reduce the spread of malicious links.”


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