With Twitter recently through the 100 million mark for active users worldwide, and on track to add a further 26 million by the end of 2011, staying secure on the social network is also becoming increasingly important.
With security vendor, Bitdefender, estimating that one per cent of tweets on Twitter are malicious - about 17 malicious tweets per user per day - the public beta of its Safego software for Twitter is being rolled out.
“The Safego philosophy is that of securing users’ online social interaction from as many angles as possible and that’s why we hope Safego for Twitter will be welcomed and appreciated both by our longtime friends and by other microblogging fans out there,” Bitdefender global PR coordinator North America and Asia Pacific, Andrei Taflan, said.
Facebook is already supported in Safego since the release of Bitdefender’s Total Security 2012, and Safego for Twitter works much in the same way by allowing users to sort through their existing and potential Twitter contacts based on colour codes that depict the severity of a detected threat, with red for highly suspicious accounts, yellow for moderate threats, grey for low threat potential, and green for accounts that are safe.
Once the app is installed, the entire security process is automated, with the account being scanned without any user input and notification about threats sent directly to the account holder.
A “scan on demand” function also allows for checking of whether prospective contacts’ accounts are safe before you decide to follow them.
Users can also scan private messages for any spam and malicious links, as well as messages that disseminate scams as a result of account high jacking.
The product is currently still in public beta, but Bitdefender expects the official release to be launched in a couple of weeks after it gets out of beta.
The public beta of the Safego application for Twitter can be found at https://safego.bitdefender.com