Facebook has teamed up with the data security company Websense to protect Facebook users from malicious code, often spread via links to third party sites.

According to the press release from the two companies, a new warning system will be introduced, which enables the user to cancel the action, or get more information if a link has been flagged as suspicious.

Starting today, Websense technology will add to Facebook’s existing protections to stop users from clicking on links without knowing the trustworthiness of the destination. When a Facebook user clicks on a link it will be checked against the Websense database. If Websense determines the link is malicious, the user will see a page that offers the choice to continue at their own risk, return to the previous screen, or get more information on why it was flagged as suspicious.

And the protection is clearly needed, since Facebook has about 800 million users worldwide.

(via TechWorld)