A few hours ago, Twitter announced that they have set the ball rolling when it comes to keeping us safe while using the service. It’s no secret that there have been a few wide-spread Phishing attacks lately on the popular social network.
The Director of Twitter’s Trust and Safety team blogged earlier to talk of their ongoing attempts to put an end to the scamming going on within Direct Messages and email notifications about said messages. She says, in part, that “By routing all links submitted to Twitter through this new service, we can detect, intercept, and prevent the spread of bad links across all of Twitter. Even if a bad link is already sent out in an email notification and somebody clicks on it, we’ll be able keep that user safe.”.
What she doesn’t say is how this is going to work. I’m assuming that they are not releasing details so as to keep their cards close to their chests – and out of the eyes of the attack initiators. The blog post finishes with the statement that “For the most part, you will not notice this feature because it works behind the scenes but you may notice links shortened to twt.tl in Direct Messages and email notifications.”
If you start seeing the twt.tl links, then I guess you can rest assured that Twitter is protecting you to the best of their ability. However, I still would like to remind you that security begins – and ends – with YOU. Don’t rely on a URL shortener. Don’t rely on a website or its administrators. Be smart about what you click on. Take security into YOUR hands. The more popular and prevalent sites such as Twitter and Facebook become, the more trouble they’re going to have trying to keep the spammers and phishers at bay.
What other things have you read online today that sparked your interest?
- C’mon, admit it. You text while you drive, don’t you?
- Who are your kids chatting with on their web camera?
- How would you use social media to promote awareness of a cause?
- When changing Internet providers, re-configuring your email client can sometimes be a royal pain.
- The driver of a runaway Toyota Prius involved in a massive accident today was told his car had no problems.
- Should there be an Internet Usage Tax, with the proceeds going to help combat malware?
- Why do you use social networks?
- You can increase the taskbar thumbnail size in Windows 7.
- Could the iPad create a viable market for Windows-based tablet computers?
- Should you block a user from entering your site who uses ad-blocking software?
- Cyber attacks use spammers’ techniques.
- NetRouteView has proven to be quite useful.
- Do you have horrible handwriting?
- What are some common mistakes that people make when cleaning up their computers?
- Does your car have Bluetooth capabilities?
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