Bitdefender has launched a security tool that allows Twitter users to scan contacts to see whether they pose a security risk.
Bitdefender Safego is described as easy to use and quick to deploy, although the company said that there is still a lot of development work that needs to be done before the app is taken out of its current beta state.
The tool allows Twitter users to sort through existing and potential contacts with a four-colour code based on the severity of the potential threat.
Red signifies a highly suspicious account which may be spreading malware, spam or phishing attacks. Yellow highlights contacts that pose moderate threats, although Bitdefender is unclear what an account has to do to be in this class.
Grey indicates contacts that have not sent any messages from their accounts for 30 days, and green signifies contacts that run safe accounts.
V3 tested the tool on one of its accounts, and was pleased to find that all the followers Bitdefender had scanned were marked as green or grey.
However, while the account in question follows 157 people, the tool scanned only 40 and presented colour codes for just 16.
V3 clicked on the 'See All' tab next to the 16 coloured contacts and, although the software said that it will scan more users, it did not. The alert at the top of the web page still confirmed that only 40 contacts had been scanned, and there were still results for only 16 users.
V3 asked Bitdefender why it was scanning so few accounts, and feeding coloured results back for even fewer.
"In order to optimise speed, Safego is initially scanning only a small amount of users, and after that is using the background scanner to scan the rest of the followers in a silent way," said the technical team at Bitdefender.
However, while there are obvious problems with Bitdefender Safego at the moment, more development and focus could make this app invaluable to Twitter users trying to fight the growing amount of spam on the social network.
One of the app's most useful features is the New User Check-up function, which determines whether prospective contacts' accounts are safe to follow.
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