Clicking on links from unreliable sources is like taking candy from strangers – you just don’t do it! Sure, some of these links might lead to safe and family friendly websites, but most seasoned Twitter users know that a lot of links can be very dangerous. But with Twitter’s latest security flaw, even the most security conscious users can be tricked into downloading malware.
This latest security flaw allows a Twitter user to post code into their tweet that automatically opens a link when a user scrolls over it. This means that a user will be automatically sent to a page without ever clicking on a link, opening what could be an extremely harmful page that can do anything from installing spyware on a computer or an innapropriate site.
A spokesperson for Twitter said that the vulnerability is now fully patched up and is no longer exploitable, but to be on the safe side in case of a future security issue, using a third-party app like TweetDeck lets you avoid the potentially harmful effect of coded tweets.