Good news for those security conscious folks out there. Twitter made the announcement that the HTTPS protocol would be set as DEFAULT for all account. This is probably one of the best steps the company could make. As, it is widely used in Unsecured WiFi connections through out the world.
Twitter’s Blog : Last year, we added the option to always use HTTPS when accessing Twitter.com on the web. This setting makes your Twitter experience more secure by protecting your information, and it’s especially helpful if you use Twitter over an unsecured Internet connection like a public wi-fi network.
Now, HTTPS will be on by default for all users, whenever you sign in to Twitter.com. If you prefer not use it, you can turn it off on your Account Settings page. HTTPS is one of the best ways to keep your account safe and it will only get better as we continue to improve HTTPS support on our web and mobile clients.
This is widely seen as the best move any of the social media sites could make. With the introduction of tools like Firesheep it has become all too easy to access the Twitter or Facebook account of someone close by if they haven’t taken the right precautions.
In an article today, Sophos is calling for Facebook to join with what Twitter has done to future protect users privacy and adopt the HTTPS move. Adoption of the protocol as the default of browsing is widely seen as the BEST move social media can make against the rise of tools that are making it easier to invade someones Personal Cyberspace.