Facebook has announced it will be utilising SophosLabs, Sophos’ global network of research centres, alongside its own security measures to protect users from links which lead them to malware and malicious sites.
As part of the new partnership, SophosLabs will be feeding malicious URL intelligence into Facebook’s URL database, which assesses largely distributed links.
Once users click a link that is considered suspicious or malicious, Facebook will redirect them to another page that offers the choice between continuing at their own risk, or returning to the previous screen.
“Because content is typically posted by a trusted source – a friend – many users incorrectly assume links are safe,” SophosLabs vice-president, Mark Harris, said. “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.”
To do so, Facebook will be providing information as to why the link was flagged.
Additionally, Mac users will be able to download the free Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition from Sophos’ Facebook page.
“We believe incorporating Sophos’ computer security intelligence, and expertise, will help up provide even more security to those using Facebook,” Facebook chief of security, Joe Sullivan, said.