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Twitter increases security as it makes HTTPS a default setting for web users

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By The Drum Team, Editorial

February 15, 2012 | 2 min read

Twitter has increased the security on its website by implementing Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) as a default for users when accessing Twitter.com.

Last year, Twitter introduced HTTPS as an option feature, and said that it would not be switched on by default, and was not made available to mobile users.

However the company has clearly changed its mind, having posted a statement on its blog that read; “Last year, we added the option to always use HTTPS when accessing Twitter.com on the web. This setting makes your Twitter experience more secure by protecting your information, and it’s especially helpful if you use Twitter over an unsecured Internet connection like a public wi-fi network.

“Now, HTTPS will be on by default for all users, whenever you sign in to Twitter.com. If you prefer not use it, you can turn it off on your Account Settings page. HTTPS is one of the best ways to keep your account safe and it will only get better as we continue to improve HTTPS support on our web and mobile clients.”

The blog also included a link for users to follow to find advice on how to keep their Twitter account safe.

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