Facebook has started rolling out a new malware protection feature to its 800 million users in the form of a new malware link scanning service powered by Websense’s ‘ThreatSeeker Cloud’ technology.
The new service will protect Facebook users by scanning links each time a user clicks to check if they are safe and malware free. The service will display a message warning users of any potentially harmful sites if they are detected, together with information on why the link has been flagged as suspicious. Watch a video after the jump to hear CEO of Websense Dan Hubbard explain the new service in more detail.
Websense already provides Facebook with its Defensio service that allows users to control the types of content that can be posted on their walls, providing options to filter items such as sex and drug-related content.
“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.”