How To Use BitDefender SafeGo To Protect Yourself Whilst Using Twitter

Twitter… you’ll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villany. Or perhaps Ben meant Mos Eisley?

In any event, Twitter is great. Its special and its superb.

You can meet and follow millions of people who all have the same interests as you and, between you, share conversations and links aplenty. But there is always an idiot or two in any social gathering and, like Greedo, they always shoot first.

So how, then, do you hope to stay safe from hackers, phishers, spam bots and social media experts on Twitter?

[box type=”gray”]hint: BitDefender SafeGo[/box]

{disclaimer: in all honesty nothing can keep you safe from social media experts because they’re bloody everywhere but SafeGo can help you out with all the other potential problems on Twitter.}

BitDefender SafeGo

So how do you get this protection courtesy of BitDefender then?

Its quite simple actually, and very quick to boot –

[box type=”note”]get going by visiting BitDefender’s SafeGo web page – you’ll be greeted by a page that looks remarkably like the screenshot above[/box]

Protection for Twitter

As you can see from the image above, SafeGo offers a wide range of protection to you.

Activate SafeGo

[box type=”note”]Next you will click on the big green button that says Activate Protection Now.[/box]

There are a couple of sliders here, one to determine whether you wish to follow BitDefender on Twitter (I turned this off because I already do) and, two, to choose whether or not you wish to receive automatic warnings. If you wish to change these decisions later you can.

authorise SafeGo to link with your Twitter account

Next you’ll be asked to confirm whether or not you wish to authorise the app. Its ok, you can trust BitDefender! If, however, you clicked on “No, thanks” then the next step is to press Alt + F4 together.

SafeGo will analyse your friends

Once you’ve authorised SafeGo you’ll seen a screen that looks much like the one above. The program will automatically start scanning your friends and, if you have as many as I do, could take quite some time!

Do you follow anyone suspicious?

After a while you may see a notification next to the Friends link at the top of the page. Clicking on it will take you to a screen like the one above where you can see that the app has flagged someone I follow as ‘suspicious’. This of course means that you should be wary of said person and should check them out before clicking on any of their links.

It should be noted though that the reason why they may have been flagged as ‘suspicious’ could be, like in my example above, something simple such as the fact that they haven’t tweeted for 30 days or more. Of course this isn’t a security issue in this instance, though it could be an indication that the person is no longer worth following.

BitDefender SafeGo settings

As I mentioned earlier, the settings within SafeGo can be changed at any time – simply click on the Settings tab at the top of the screen.

[box type=”yellow”]Here you can toggle on or off the following options:

  • Automatic warnings
  • Follow BitDefender on Twitter
  • Private message scanning
  • Weekly reports
  • The issuance of automatic warnings to your friends[/box]

BitDefender SafeGo notifications

You also have a Notifications tab which seems pretty pointless to me as it just rehashes what is found in settings. Additionally, there is a news feed at the bottom of the screen. This is disappointing as it is all from around 5-6 months ago. Surely BitDefender could import their own Twitterstream or news from their Malware City blog, both of which are much, much more current.

Those couple of niggles aside, however, Safego is a very useful application to have on your side. It may not be able to give you a definitive answer about whether any of your friends are bad guys or not but it can certainly point out those who run around naked whilst waving a red flag, as well as other suspicious types too.

Whats more, its free, either through the link I mentioned at the beginning, or bundled with BitDefender’s own security products.

If you try it out, please let me know what you think of it via the comments section below.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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