F-Secure has recently launched a new Facebook application to protect Facebook users from scam links. The application called ShareSafe will specifically block malicious links and spam on Facebook, from your wall, your friends’ walls and your news feed.
The application is in beta and is being offered as a free product at least for the time being as a promotion. They hope that beta users will help them to improve the service for everyone.
“Until now, there has been no way of knowing whether a Facebook link takes you to a legitimate website – or to something that has been set up by the criminals.” – F-Secure.
ShareSafe also offers an aspect of social gaming in that it rewards users for scanning and sharing links via ShareSafe. Users collect badges and points for usage, but most importantly they are offered premium products when their friends like or click on links users have shared with ShareSafe. Extra points are earned when friends accept a user’s invitation to start using ShareSafe. Points can be exchanged for copies of F-Secure Internet Security, F-Secure Online Backup, and F-Secure Mobile Security at the moment, with more products planned for the future.
Check out F-Secure’s full promotional video on ShareSafe via YouTube.