Security and safety are probably the last things you want to think about while using Twitter. Unfortunately a steady stream of security issues including a recent spate of phishing attacks can’t be ignored without putting your PC, your friends and even your identity at risk.
Twitter recently took a major step with a Twitter-branded URL shortening service that will filter links—Twt.tl. But your safety is still at stake.
We can expect more phishing attacks, more scams, more social engineering schemes that take advantage of the faith we have for each other. And now that Twitter results are integrated into Google, Bing and Yahoo, these attacks jeopardize the integrity of search results across the web.
But you, and everyone on Twitter, can make a difference. The same tools that criminals use to rapidly spread their frauds can be used to protect us.
By just committing to using Twitter safely, you’re joining the fight. Check out this article for some basic tips on using Twitter safely.
If you want to go a step further and be an active force for safety on Twitter, we invite you to join in on an experiment we’re starting—the Twitter Safety Movement.
It’s no huge commitment. But by joining up, you’re simply stating your commitment to help keep Twitter safe by following through on some basic suggestions.
If you’d like to be a part of this experiment, just put a link to your Twitter account in the comments of this post or contact the F-Secure Twitter. We’ll add you to the Twitter Safety Movement list where you can sync up with other safety-minded tweets.
Of course, we can’t vouch for everyone who’s on the list. But we do believe that the technology that makes Twitter so appealing for connecting and sharing can also be used to make Twitter a safer place.
Or, at least, we can give it a try. Either way, we’re all in this together.
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