As part of a series of ‘securing social media' guides from Network Box, the company has claimed that businesses should review their security policies to include Twitter.
The company claims that the most significant security threat to users posed by the micro-blogging site is the sharing of links between groups of followers – often masked by URL shortening tools such as tinyurl or bit.ly.
These links can be exploited to download malware, or launch a phishing attack. Other potential risks include identity ‘hijacking', hacking into user accounts and spam campaigns. The guide recommended evaluation of whether access should be allowed, to monitor the impact upon productivity and to instruct on personal security and downloads.
Simon Heron, internet security analyst for Network Box, said: “The most important thing is that a company's security systems work for, not against, what employees need to do their jobs. Our advice is: make sure your security is up to date so it can deal with new technologies such as Twitter.”