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Kaspersky looks to stop malicious URLs spreading through users’ profiles

Kaspersky partners with Facebook to enhance the social network’s security

The partnership will see Kaspersky Lab provide Facebook with up-to-date information about the latest threats.

Kaspersky will be helping Facebook enhance its security both online and offline. The security firm will contribute expert advice, tips and informative articles to the Facebook Security page. This resource centre keeps the online community informed about the latest cyber-threats and provides regular reminders of safe online browsing habits.

People are more likely to click on a link shared by a friend, and this inherent trust is something cyber-criminals prey upon.

Malicious URLs can automatically share themselves with a victim’s personal contacts without the user’s knowledge, making the links appear legitimate.

Now, when Facebook users share or click a link shared by their friends, the link will instantly be compared against Kaspersky Lab’s database of malicious web pages. If the link matches Facebook’s list of known ‘bad’ URLs – which are supplied to Facebook by Kaspersky Lab and other security vendors – the user will be immediately notified and blocked from visiting the web page.

This not only prevents the user’s personal information and computer from being put at risk, but it also stops the malicious links from spreading further.

"Starting today, the people who use Facebook will be able to benefit from Kaspersky’s industry-leading intelligence and technology with their malicious URL data and inclusion in the AV Marketplace,” said Joe Sullivan, Facebook’s chief security officer.

“We look forward to the combined work of our companies to help keep people safe both on and off of Facebook."

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