SOURCE: F-Secure

September 20, 2011 12:01 ET

New F-Secure ShareSafe Application Protects Against Malicious Links on Facebook

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 20, 2011) - F-Secure today announced a new, free Facebook beta application, ShareSafe, that protects social network users against spam and malicious links on their news feed and wall. It can also be used to scan links before posting them to a user's own wall, making sure visitors are safe, too.

Facebook's popularity has made it a major target for online criminals who are posting malicious links to lure visitors to websites that spread viruses, scams and spam. Until now, there has been no way of knowing whether a Facebook link goes to a legitimate website or to something that has been set up by criminals.

ShareSafe uses patent-pending technology for detecting spammy or malicious posts in Facebook. It is designed to stop people spreading links to malicious websites. Other users can see when a link has been sent through and checked by ShareSafe.

Sean Sullivan, Security Advisor from F-Secure, said, "Facebook is a global phenomenon and its dramatic growth during the last couple of years has significantly changed how people share information with their friends and family. People now share via social media more than by any other method. Online criminals and tricksters are exploiting this to make money from spam, scams and malware. ShareSafe is a fun application that also provides a useful service for family and friends, making Facebook a safer place for everyone."

ShareSafe is also a great way to discover new, interesting links from the ShareSafe community thanks to the "Top Links" feature. ShareSafe incorporates ideas from hit social games on Facebook to turn safe sharing into a fun activity by rewarding users for sharing safe and high quality content. Users of ShareSafe can earn points and badges, which can be redeemed for rewards. Points are earned every time you scan and share a link with ShareSafe, and when others like or click your links.

Earned points can currently be redeemed for free licenses of the following products:

  • F-Secure Internet Security
  • F-Secure Online Backup
  • F-Secure Mobile Security

More rewards will be added in the future.

Because ShareSafe is still in development, F-Secure is offering the beta version of the application for free as a way to get feedback on the application to help improve it.

ShareSafe is available at: http://on.fb.me/ShareSafeInfo

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