Twitter has announced a new security feature, wherein it is enabling a Perfect Forward Secrecy encryption method across its mobile site and website. This encryption method will ensure that hackers or snooping organizations won’t have an easy access to any personal information on the micro blogging platform. Also Read - Twitter Bug Bounty Contest to offer $3500 cash prize for detecting algorithm bias
What the PFS encryption method essentially does is instruct each of its servers to generate a separate encryption key. This means that if an organization manages to break one of the encryption keys it won’t get access to all the sensitive information at once. It will need to break hundreds or thousands of encryption keys to get hold of any legible data. Also Read - COVID-19 third wave: Twitter shuts offices as coronavirus cases rise
“If an adversary is currently recording all Twitter users’ encrypted traffic, and they later crack or steal Twitter’s private keys, they should not be able to use those keys to decrypt the recorded traffic,” Twitter’s Jacob Hoffman-Andrews wrote in a post.
This security measure will complement the TLS and SSL protocols already used by Twitter to protect logins and transmission of data across its network. Andrews warned that there will be a visible difference in performance, as speeds are likely to drop down a bit. But the extra layer of security is worth it. You can read more about the Perfect Forward Secrecy on Twitter on its blog.