Twitter Upgrading Encryption Methods to Protect User Data

Brittany Vincent

Twitter taking moves to further encrypt user data

If privacy is one of your main concerns online (and it very well should be given the goings-on lately), Twitter's latest move should please you considerably. The microblogging platform announced on Friday it has taken on "perfect forward secrecy" across its multiple platforms. It may sound a little hard to believe, but the aim is to keep outside organizations from snooping on encrypted traffic.

Perfect forward secrecy refers to a type of encryption that revolves around two types of keys that are not able to be recovered later on in the life cycle of the data, so that it can't be decrypted later on. That means the data is safe from prying eyes such as, well, the National Security Agency (NSA).

Twitter's reasoning for the change is foggy, but PCWorld mentioned Twitter's linking to a blog post via the Electronic Frontier Foundation which did mention this particular method could be effective against third-party snooping. Is that what your game is, Twitter? No matter what the endgame for this switch, it certainly does its user base good.

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