Bitdefender has announced the roll-out of Safego to protect users on all of the major social networks.

With Safego for Twitter launched, the company claimed that it now offers the world's only desktop suite with protection across major social networks. It said that Safego has emerged from beta testing by Twitter users and will be incorporated into Bitdefender Total Security 2012 and its sister products Bitdefender Internet Security 2012 and Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2012.

According to the company, Safego scans for and detects fake or hijacked profiles set up to flood Twitter accounts with spam and 'verify' direct messages. It also filters users' timelines for tweets containing malicious links to phishing or malware pages.

George Petre, senior social media security researcher at Bitdefender, said: “As a dynamic source of information and a major platform for using shortened URLs, attackers find Twitter an extremely attractive arena for launching targeted attacks. Social threats will remain a hot security issue for quite some time and a security layer for social media security is essential in providing total security.”

Bitdefender said that since its launch for Facebook in October 2010, Safego has caught more than a million infected objects worldwide.