September 28, 2010

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

Patrik Runald

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 we have 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.

To learn more about Websense Threat research in addition to this blog or view additional Websense Insights, please visit the Insights tab on http://community.websense.com/blogs/

To download the free Defensio application for free individual use, please visit defensio.com.

We'll have more analysis of these statistics and other Web Security findings in our upcoming "State of the Internet Report."


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