Twitter Tightens Security To Protect User Data

by Paul Joseph on November 25, 2013 · 0 comments

Twitter is following Yahoo’s footsteps and taking measures to protect user data. Last week we reported that Yahoo  will encrypt all information that moves between Yahoo data centers and offer users an option to encrypt all data flow to and from Yahoo by the end of the first quarter of 2014. Now, Twitter has also given its security measures a  tweak in order to save user data following reports of spying on digital content by the National Security Agency. The micro-blogging site has has implemented “perfect forward secrecy” on its web and mobile platforms for the same. “As part of our continuing effort to keep our users’ information as secure as possible, we’re happy to announce that we recently enabled forward secrecy for traffic on twitter.com, api.twitter.com, and mobile.twitter.com” , Jacob Hoffman-Andrews wrote in a Twitter blog post . This encryption method will ensure that hackers or snooping organizations won’t have an easy access to any personal information on Twitter. An internal team of security engineers have spent several months implementing “perfect forward secrecy”, (PFC) which adds an extra layer of security to widely used HTTPS encryption deployed by online banking, retailers and, increasingly, consumer web services. Twitter said that the new encryption technology “caused negligible increase in CPU usage” and should have noticeable impact on performance, at least for Twitter users in the U.S. With PFS, the data encryption is based on two short-lived keys that cannot be later recovered even with the knowledge of the server key, so the data remains secure. The PFC is already being used by Google, Facebook, Dropbox and Tumblr and LinkedIn is understood to be introducing it in 2014. This step was taken by the companies owing to Edward Snowden leaked information about the NSA spying on tech companies earlier this year. While Twitter did not mention the NSA specifically, the company underscored the need of users to maintain strongly secured connections and protect against possible surveillance by a third party that could tap into a network or listen in on a session. The 230 million user micro blogging site sees sees about 500 million tweets being sent out per day. Looking For A Social Media Agency?? – Contact WATConsult – India’s Leading Social Media Agency

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