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Facebook and Websense Partner to Protect Users from Malicious Links

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Facebook and Websense Partner to Protect Users from Malicious Links

Posted: 03 Oct 2011 02:30 PM | Carl Leonard | 2 comment(s)

Today, we have some exciting news. Some of you may have already heard about it, because it is big!

Starting today, we have implemented a partnership with Facebook, arguably the largest, most important platform on the globe, to better protect users against malicious links leading to malware-embedded websites and fraud.

A platform as popular as Facebook is naturally a target for attackers. We have been working with Facebook and their security teams for a number of years in order to keep their users safe, but now we have integrated directly into the platform for an unprecedented security combination.

Soon, when a user clicks on a URL that has been posted within Facebook, that link will be sent to Websense for security classification. The Websense® ThreatSeeker® Cloud, an advanced classification and malware identification platform, will then analyze the link in real time. If the destination site is considered unsafe, the user is presented with a warning page that offers the choice to continue at their own risk, return to the previous screen, or get more information on why it was flagged as suspicious.

In this way, we are helping Facebook continue their proactive fight to keep malicious links off of their platform and allow safe use for all of its members.





At Websense, we are all about innovation and changing the security game. We were the first company to promote and enable our customers to embrace safe, productive use of social with our web security gateway, the first to deliver security and anti-spam to protect companies presence within Facebook with Defensio, and now we are assisting in the protection of all users on the platform with our cloud integration.

This is the same technology that already powers our industry-leading TRITON™ solutions, and it now extends that same protection to consumers and other users of Facebook.

For more information, you can view the news release here, or check out the infographic below.


Scott said on Friday, October 7, 2011 3:22 AM

Maybe not the big leap forward we were expecting according to the author of an article I read that talks about methods to bypass content restrictions on links!!!

Matthew Mors said on Friday, October 7, 2011 12:56 PM

This is nothing new. We use numerous methodologies and systems to ensure that our analysis of content (in real-time) is not manipulated by malware authors, including using IP addresses not attributable to Websense so that malware authors are unaware that is it Websense analyzing the content. Also, the Websense ThreatSeeker Network is fed via an opt-in real-time feedback loop from tens of thousands of customers distributed globally. These IPs are also not attributable to Websense.com. It is because of technologies like this that Facebook chose Websense to provide protection for their growing user base of more than 750 million users.

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