For cool but technologically clueless people who try desperately to get Stephen Fry’s attention on Twitter and whose social network accounts are probably jammed full of spyware, malware, junk and pr0n, there’s good news that at least the bit.ly short URLs they’ve been sharing with their friends (even the Facebook ones they’ve never met and are probably robots or axe murderers) just got a little bit safer.
Touching the world (by just their fingernails) that geeks live in — that which is protected by not running a crappy operating system in the first place and/or having proper protection from firewalls, anti-virus, anti-phishing and other standard filters — they can now rest assured that Sophos web site scanning is now a part of bit.ly’s arsenal of tools used to stop people visiting shabby (even dangerous) web sites.
It doesn’t (yet) stop you from being Rickrolled.
Other partners being added include VeriSign’s iDefense IP and Websense’s Threatseeker Cloud service.
So, if you do fancy spreading a bit of malware to your mates, you’d better use a different URL shortener instead.
Or just email them.
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