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Twitter users offered security plug-in

by Marianna Schmudlach / June 23, 2009 12:59 AM PDT

23 June 2009

By Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service

As Twitter becomes increasingly abused by hackers, Finjan Software has released a free browser add-on with a new feature that scans links and warns if they point to a page containing malware.

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The SecureTwitter component is wrapped into SecureBrowsing, a plug-in for either the Firefox or Internet Explorer browsers, said Yuval Ben-Itzhak, Finjan's CTO.

SecureTwitter is designed to warn people about links that people post on the micro-blogging service. Because of Twitter's 140-character limit, most of the URLs posted have been shortened using services such as Bit.ly or TinyURL.

More: http://www.techworld.com/security/news/index.cfm?RSS&NewsID=117948

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