TWITTER LINKS ARE SAFER THAN GOOGLE LINKS

Those who post short messages on Twitter.com typically include links to more information on the web. Since these addresses would otherwise use up a lot of Twitter’s 140-character limit, most people use compressed addresses, such as those created by “tinyURL” and “bit.ly.”

Some researchers and URL filtering companies began claiming that a barrage of malware would result. This has not proven the case. Contrary to popular reports, short links on Twitter are not malicious.

A new study by Zscaler Security Research of more than a million URLs shows that only 0.06% of them (six-hundredths of one percent) represented a security or “malware” risk. It’s actually much safer to follow links from Twitter than from Google search.

Bit.ly is used for 40% of all shortened links; TinyUrl.com for 5%.

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