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Twitter Acquires Online Security Firm Dasient To Beef Up Malware Protection

In a bid to strengthen its resolve against malware and other malicious attacks, Twitter has acquired Dasient, an internet security company founded by ex-Google staffers Neil Daswani, Shariq Rizvi and Ameet Ranadive, for an undisclosed sum.

The move appears to be largely a talent purchase, and Dasient will be bringing their “technology, tools, and team” to the revenue engineering team at Twitter, effective immediately.

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Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn: Social Networking Security And Privacy [INFOGRAPHIC]

As social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn become an increasingly important part of all of our lives, the information that we choose to share on these channels becomes exponentially significant and ‘risky’, inasmuch as what and how often we choose to share the things we are doing with the rest of the world.

Barracuda Labs surveyed people from 21 countries about their social networking habits and attitudes towards online privacy and security.

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Does Using Twitter And Facebook Compromise The Security Of Your Home? [INFOGRAPHIC]

In previous articles we’ve looked at the dangers of sharing too much online, and how 4 out of 5 burglars admitted to using Twitter and Facebook to select their victims.

This new infographic from Credit Sesame takes the matter of personal safety a step further, and asks: does social media compromise the security of your home?

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Using Twitter And Facebook In The Workplace Increases Security Risk, Says Study

A new global study suggests that virus and malware attacks within the workplace have increased because employees are using Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms in the office, largely for personal reasons.

Ponemon Institute, a research organization, polled 4,640 companies around the world, and more than half said that computer attacks had grown directly as a result of staff using social networks.

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4 Out Of 5 Burglars Use Twitter And Facebook To Select Victims, Says Survey

An eye-opening 78 percent of burglars have said that social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare are being used to select properties.

54 percent also said that placing their status and whereabouts on social networking sites was a common mistake made by homeowners.

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How Do You Manage Problem Followers On Twitter?

Easy: block them.

It really is that simple. Twitter is too precious a resource to be ruined by the antisocial behaviour of a persistent minority.

And it is a minority – most of the people you meet and engage with on Twitter will be courteous and civil. But a small percentage of every community – and this is certainly true across the internet – will be rude and disruptive, going out of their way to poison the well.

Thankfully, peace of mind is just one click away.

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Twitter, Facebook, YouTube – How To Identify (And Fight) Internet Trolls [INFOGRAPHIC]

Wikipedia defines a troll as “someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response”, and these foul beasts have been the plague of the internet since it first opened its doors.

They quickly populate (and poison) any place on the web that is even remotely popular. So naturally, once social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook began to attract hundreds of millions of users, the trolls began to arrive. En masse.

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Twitter Security 101: 5 Official Tips For Keeping Your Profile Safe

Your security on Twitter is important, and while Twitter and their Trust & Safety team (led by the very capable Del Harvey) work their little cotton socks off to keep the platform as secure as possible, the onus is on you, the user, to take responsibility to ensure you’re not making yourself more susceptible to exploitation.

Over on the official Twitter blog, there’s a new entry that attempts to answer a question that they probably receive hundreds, maybe thousands of times a day. Namely:

“How do I keep my Twitter account safe and private?”

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Paypal UK Twitter Profile Hacked By Angry Customer

It’s not been a good week for security on Twitter. On Monday we reported about how one of the main Fox News Twitter profiles had been hacked by the Anonymous splinter group Script Kiddies, who used the exploit to send false messages about the death of President Obama. Damagingly for both Fox and Twitter, it took over 10 hours before the messages were removed.

Yesterday, at a little about 9pm (GMT), the Twitter profile of Paypal UK was also hacked, this time by what appears to be an unhappy customer. The hijacker posted a series of critical messages against the service, and also changed the avatar, bio and the profile URL.

The good news? It only took two hours for somebody to notice, which might just be a new record for Twitter.

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Twitter Tight-Lipped On Fox News Hack As 10 Hours Pass Before ‘Obama Is Dead’ Tweets Are Removed

As we reported yesterday, the Fox News @foxnewspolitics account was hacked at 1.56am Monday morning – on the Fourth Of July, no less – and in an extremely crass move, the hijackers, who later identified themselves as the Anonymous splinter group “Script Kiddies”, then went on to publish six tweets announcing the ‘death’ of President Barack Obama.

The news was, of course, entirely false, but because the messages came from a verified account and provided sufficient detail the tweets were widely shared throughout Twitter.

The content was disturbing enough, but the really sickening part was how slow Twitter was to respond to the breach. It wasn’t until 12.34pm ET – over 10 hours since the first hacked tweet was published – that control of the profile was returned to Fox News and the offensive messages were removed.

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