Facebook to Protect Users from Malware and Malicious Sites
Social network giant Facebook announced today that it is partnering with security firm Websense to protect its users from malicious links. This will be done with an added security alert, so when someone clicks on a dangerous links, he or she will be notified and given the option to return to the previous page.
Although Facebook has partnered with other companies in the past, such as Web of Trust and Defensio to help protect users from spam, phishing and other sorts of links that the don't want, I think taking extra precautions is smart and necessary. URL shortening services were predicted by McAfee to be a tech loophole at the beginning of this year, and this has certainly turned into a true prediction. Part of the reason that these protections are necessary is because hackers can disguise malicious links with a shortening service. The move also becomes more tricky and elusive when a hacker gets into an account of a friend or family member simply to send out those links.
If you want these bad links removed before you click on them, or before you even see them on Facebook, then an app to consider is MyPageKeeper. MyPageKeeper detects these bad links on your news feed and your wall and notifies you of their existence. It also allows users to submit any suspicious urls. A free app such as MyPageKeeper puts you in control of these links, and makes a great addition to the protections being offered by Facebookk.