You’re Safe with Twellow

    January 6, 2009
    Chris Crum

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone recently talked about some phishing issues going on with Twitter on its official blog. "If you receive a direct message or a direct message email notification that redirects to what looks like—don’t sign in," warned Stone. "Look closely at the URL because it could be a scam." Doug reported:

Should events like these already be in your past, resetting your password is the recommended next step.

And here’s why this is important: the Twitter accounts belonging to Barack Obama, Britney Spears, Facebook, Fox News, and Stephen Fry were all hijacked in the last day or so, and it stands to reason that many lower-profile accounts suffered the same fate.

Twitter Phishing

Realizing that security is becoming more of a concern among Twitter users, Matthew Daines, the lead developer of Twellow has posted some assurance of safety for use of that service.

If you are unfamiliar with Twellow, think about it as a yellow-pages service for finding people on Twitter.  You can search for things or browse the directory to find people who tweet about the topics you are interested in.


"Twellow does not store your Twitter password at all in our database," explains Daines. "We only use it to send a simple HTTPS request (that means it’s a secure connection) to the Twitter servers to see if you are actually the owner of your Twitter screen name. This is the approved method for verifying Twitter credentials according to the documentation on Twitter’s API site. Upon verification of your Twitter account, the password is discarded by our system."

So in case you are skeptical of Twitter-related services (and I wouldn’t blame you) you can rest assured that you’re safe with Twellow. But as Matthew implies, it always helps to stay on top of current security issues and stay informed.

"It is ultimately up to you to choose which entities are worthy of your trust. Educate yourself to security risks versus the benefits of interacting in free society. Use that amazing mind which you are blessed with to study and think things out for yourself."