Twitter has begun using the Domain-based Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC) security protocol to put a stop to phishing attacks coming from emails purporting to be from the firm.
Twitter joins groups like Microsoft and Google who are part of the collective currently using the protocol.
According to the social networking firm, the tool makes it "extremely unlikely" that users will receive phishing emails from bad actors using the Twitter name.
"DMARC solves a couple of long-standing operational, deployment, and reporting issues related to email authentication protocols," wrote Twitter postmaster Josh Aberant in a blog post.
"It builds on established authentication protocols to give email providers a way to block email from forged domains popping up in inboxes. And that in turn lessens the risk user's face of mistakenly giving away personal information."
The protocol works by strengthening email authentication from inside a company's systems. DMARC crosschecks an email's sender information with available data to discover if the sender's info aligns with the data.
If an email is proved to not come from the sender it's thought to be, the protocol will offer the messages receiver guidance on how to continue.
Phishing attacks work by using social engineering tricks to push email recipients into clicking on malicious links, typically ones which cause users to be hit by malware or lose personal information.
For Twitter, the update comes following a spat of hacks on the company's users. Earlier this month, the firm urged businesses that use the social networking site to increase their security measures. The warning came after high profile hacks of Burger King and Jeep Twitter accounts.
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