Twitter apps get safer with new OAuth log-in system


Twitter applications will get a shake-up as Twitter reorganises to a more secure system of validating apps.

It makes Twitter apps safer for users: instead of having to give out your Twitter password to different companies everytime you download a new app, you do it all through Twitter itself.

The new registration system called OAuth will affect all of the 250,000 applications built using the Twitter API – everything from Foursquare to TweetMeme and Twitter for Blackberry.

There have been scams in the past that relied on getting users to enter their pass details into third party websites.

Twitter explained the technology in an email out today:

OAuth is a technology that enables applications to access Twitter on your behalf with your approval without asking you directly for your password.
Desktop and mobile applications may still ask for your password once, but after that request, they are required to use OAuth in order to access your timeline or allow you to tweet.

More info on the Twitter Blog

Anna Leach

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  • I personally use to automatically use twitter. It allows you to unfollow automatically when someone unfollows you. It sends you a daily email of all your stats inc followers/unfollowers etc.

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