Facebook has announced it is stepping up its efforts to help users of the site protect themselves from malicious or phishing links posted within their site.
Phishing links often lead to username and password theft.
As of next week users will be warned if they are about to be taken to a malicious website when following a link, this has been possible by partnering with security firm Websense. The current setup already alerts users if they are about to visit another website but there is no distinction as to whether that is a friendly or malicious website.
The new technology will show a warning screen whenever the system thinks there is a risk, from this screen users can return to the Facebook page or continue on to the linked website, at their own risk.
The protection will be powered by Websense’s “Threatseeker Cloud”, a system which stores a database of known malicious URLs.