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In an analysis of 1.7 billion shortened URLs, researchers at Web of Trust found that 8.7 percent of TinyURLs and five percent of Bit.ly URLs lead to sites that received poor ratings for ‘trustworthiness’ and ‘child protection.’
Twitter is at the beginning of a process that will eventually make HTTPS browsing a default feature on the popular micro-blogging platform. The company currently is experimenting by turning HTTPS on for a small percentage of users.
By Rich Mogull (Macworld)
As a security analyst and researcher, I often find myself exploring some of the darker corners of the Internet. In the course of staying current on security issues, I frequently must browse the sorts of Web sites no average person should go anywhere near; I’m also far more likely to be targeted in an attack. That’s forced me to develop a somewhat extreme approach to safer surfing. Read the full story [macworld.com]