announced a new filter method to try block malware, phishing and other bad links in
Direct messages and EMail notifications.
The idea behind this new filter is to try protect users from 'bad' links, or
sites, by blocking them. Twitter would then be able to minimize the chances
of users picking up malware or being the victim of phishing scams.
The advantages of Twitter blocking malware links would be:
- Less chance for drive-by-downloads
- Minimize access to 'bad sites'
- Reduce Phishing scams
- Reduce SPAM messages
... as well as many other potential benefits.
It should be noted that most good security software these days contain 'bad
sites' list which can also help users from being victims of such problems.
By blocking access to 'bad sites', users can be further protect from
attacks. The blocking via software can be complete blocking or
an optional per site blocking.
When Twitter, or software, blocks a 'bad site' the user should be better
protected from malware that can infect a PC from the internet as the site is not
accessed nor loaded.
We believe this is a good move by Twitter and should be relatively transparent
to most users.
Of course blocking is only as accurate as the status of the list and users
should continue to report 'bad sites' to help keep these lists up to date.
As Twitter blocks malware, so too should users consider the validity to the
sites themselves as an additional measure to Twitter blocking malware for them.