September 24, 2010

Websense Insight: Link Analysis - What links are people sharing on Facebook and Twitter?

With millions of Tweets and Facebook postings flying around daily from personal and business users, have you ever wondered where the links in these postings go?

In this Websense Insight Websense researchers analyzed hundreds of thousands of social networking links to determine the ecosphere of links and the potential threat vectors of the social Web.  Some of the findings may truly surprise you.

For example, did you know that 40 percent of Facebook status posts contain a URL, and that 10 percent of those are either spam or malicious?

We also provide some top tips for avoiding the potential dangers of user generated content within an organization and on your own Facebook wall.

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A deeper analysis of these and other Web Security findings will be forthcoming in the pending Websense Labs "State of the Internet Report." Stay tuned for that comprehensive piece in the upcoming months.

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