Over the past few days, we have witnessed a number of hacking attempts launched at the Twitter accounts of high-profile companies, including the likes of Burger King and Jeep. Apparently in this situation, Twitter has now rolled out an email security upgrade which would help users avoid responding to emails from hackers.
The aim here is to help the users save themselves from phishing attacks. Typically, in phishing attacks directed at Twitter users, the hackers email the users with a link, posing to be Twitter. Once the users click on that link and submit their credentials, the hackers are then able to hack into their account without any hassles.
The new email security upgrade from Twitter is to avoid precisely that. According to the micro-blogging website, a number of major email services such as Outlook, Yahoo, Gmail and AOL are already on board with the new strategy. The security upgrade started rolling out earlier month, which means that it was in place when the recent hacking incidents took place.
The company has termed the new technology ‘DMARC’ and in a blog post, explained it as follows, “Without getting too technical, DMARC solves a couple of long-standing operational, deployment, and reporting issues related to email authentication protocols. It builds on established authentication protocols (DKIM and SPF) to give email providers a way to block email from forged domains popping up in inboxes. And that in turn lessens the risk users face of mistakenly giving away personal information.”
However, users are still looking forward to the implementation of two-step log in authentication on Twitter, a move which will significantly improve the service’s security.
Courtesy: The Verge