By Georgina Enzer  Published Wednesday, 5 October 2011 ITP.net

Site partners with Websense to create pop-up warning windows if links on Facebook are malicious

 Facebook has partnered with Websense to develop a system on the social networking site that warns users if they are accessing a malicious website.

Facebook has partnered with Websense internet security firm in an attempt to wage war against phishing and malware on the social networking site, according to the BBC.

From next week, users will get a pop-up warning if they have clicked on a link to a malicious website.

Facebook has increasingly been suffering from phishing and malware attacks and many of its 700 million users have been victims of dangerous links supposedly posted by their friends.

These attacks usually trick users’ into sharing their passwords or data.

The social networking site already tells users when they are about to leave Facebook and go onto an external website, but does not tell users’ whether the external site is safe or not, but with the introduction of the new technology, users’ will be warned when they are accessing unsafe sites and give details of the risks.

“There are over 700 million users on Facebook,” Websense’s Spencer Parker told the BBC.

“As a piece of real estate, it’s extremely profitable to be targeted by malware writers.”

The new protection system will be powered by Websense’s Threatseeker Cloud, a system which stores a database of known malicious URLs.

Facebook and Websense hope that the extra security measures will deter cyber-criminals from using the social networking site.

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