March 16, 2011

Twitter Gives Users The Option Of A Secure Login

Twitter users are now able to choose whether or not they would prefer to log on to the site through a secure connection.

The "always use HTTPS" setting is now being utilized on the microblogging site as a way to help stop hackers who target people as they connect over public Wi-Fi.

The same technology is currently being used to protect online bank accounts and electronic purchases.

Twitter has been trialing the use of HTTPS for a while, but users had to access it by a different address.

Now users are able to automatically change an option in Twitter's security settings.

HTTPS creates a secure channel within an Internet connection by checking a website's authenticity.

Hackers abuse unsecured wireless connections by performing "man-in-the-middle" attacks, which is where criminals intercept the data stream and monitor whatever passes through.

Graham Cluley from security firm Sophos told BBC that hacked Twitter accounts can be problematic.

"It is not so much about snooping on what someone says," said Cluley.

"What has happened in the past is that high profile people have had their account snatched."

"When that person is someone like Ashton Kutcher who has six million followers, then someone can send a message from them that might be spam or phishing or malware," he told BBC.

Facebook announced in January that it would start offering HTTPS security.  However, the service has not yet been fully implemented on the social network.


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