A neat add-on for Twitter

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

I’m finding myself using Twitter more and more in my everyday work. It’s an effective way of quickly sharing and gathering information about emerging security threats from other internet users.

But one of my concerns with the system is a side effect of its very raison d’etre. You see, Twitter was born with micro-blogging in mind – that means telling your whole story in 140 characters or less. And that forces Twitter users to shrink down any handy urls they might want to share with others from, say, http://sophosnews.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/longurl.jpggc/g/2009/02/18/neat-add-on-twitter/ to the rather more compact http://tinyurl.com/c27gqd.

What’s wrong with that, you ask? Well, sure it’s handy but security experts have spent years telling us to be really really carefully about what we click on, and warning of the harm to which careless clicking might…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.