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Windows Live SmartScreen

Written By Sansation on Friday, 16 November 2012 | 21:53

If you use Windows Live, you probably have already noticed the introduction of SmartScreen, a usefull add-on that allows you to instantly access white-listed locations on the web, redirecting users to interstitial pages or simply denying access to certain pages based on content.

SmartScreen is a kind of barrier between the links received in Windown Live services and the actual target. Let me explain how it works. Windows Live Messenger contact list contains personal or business contacts.Nowadays, "block-checker" and other services have been increasingly harvesting account names and passwords to be re-used in link-spam bots that message contacts from the affected account. Since a certain amount of trust is expected from Messenger contacts, malicious links which are sent usually without the account's owner even aware of it, have become a growing irritation among Windows Live users.
SmartScreen has therefor been created to form a gateway between the received links in Windows Live and the actual pages on the web, using community feedback to rate pages good or bad.
Sites that have high traffic and that are known not to contain malicious material are indexed by SmartScreen. Users are then able to directly access those websites. Low traffic sites or cases of minor abuse are prefixed with an informal page that reminds users not to enter their Windows Live password if so prompted to do so.
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