Microsoft Edge is mistakenly thinking that Twitter’s new X logo is suspicious because the small icon next to the website’s address suddenly changed. That small icon X is called a favicon.
Edge’s security feature, after Twitter’s new logo creates suspicious activity. It mistakenly flagged the site as suspicious because it couldn’t recognize the logo as the real Twitter logo. However, there is no actual security threat from the new logo. Even though some users may feel confused or concerned by the warning, it’s a false alarm.
The good news is that Microsoft knows about this problem and is actively working on a solution. If you come across a warning about Twitter’s X logo in Edge, you can safely ignore it until Microsoft resolves the issue.
How is Twitter affected after rebranding its logo?
- The issue only affects Chromium-based browsers, such as Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome. This is because these browsers use the same anti-phishing feature, which is what is causing the false positive.
- The issue started on July 20, 2023, when Twitter rolled out the new X logo. This is because the new logo is significantly different from the old logo, and Microsoft Edge’s anti-phishing feature has not been updated to recognize the new logo.
- Microsoft is working on a fix, and it is expected to be released in a future update to Edge. The fix will likely involve updating Microsoft Edge’s anti-phishing feature to recognize the new Twitter logo.
Is Microsoft Defender mistakenly flagging legitimate links as malicious
After Twitter rebranded the X logo caused Microsoft to flag it as suspicious. Microsoft Defender is like a bodyguard for your computer, protecting it from bad stuff called malware. But sometimes, it can make a mistake and think a good link is actually bad. We call this mistake a “false positive.”
There are a few reasons why false positives happen. One reason is that the link might have changed recently, and Microsoft Defender hasn’t learned about the change yet. Another reason could be that the link is on a server that was once used for bad things. Also, some link addresses might look weird and suspicious.
If you see a good link marked as bad by Microsoft Defender, don’t worry. You can ignore the warning. But if you want to be helpful, you can tell Microsoft about the mistake, so they can fix it.
How can Twitter users avoid false positives?
Here are some simple tips to help Twitter users avoid false positives and stay safe from phishing attacks:
- Stay informed about phishing trends: Phishing attacks change all the time, so try to keep up with the latest news about them. This will help you recognize and avoid suspicious links that might be flagged incorrectly.
- Trust links from known people: Stick to clicking links shared by people you know and trust. If you’re unsure about a link from someone you don’t recognize, it’s better to be cautious and not click on it.
- Use a security tool: Consider using a security program that can spot harmful links. These tools check links for anything suspicious and warn you if they seem dangerous.
- Be cautious with email and social media links: Be extra careful when clicking links in emails or on social media. Phishing attacks often use these channels to spread. If a link looks strange or unexpected, don’t click on it.
- Block popups: Popups can be tricky and lead you to dangerous links. Use a popup blocker to avoid falling for such traps.
- Keep your software updated: Regularly update your computer’s software. Updates often include security fixes that protect your computer from malware.
Twitter recently changed its X logo, and because of this, Microsoft Edge thought the site might be suspicious. The anti-phishing feature in Microsoft Edge didn’t recognize the new logo since it was so different from the old one.
Don’t worry, though! Microsoft knows about this issue and is working to fix it. If you get a warning about Twitter’s X logo in Edge, you can ignore it safely. The site is not actually suspicious, and your computer is not at risk.
This situation reminds us how important it is to keep our security software up to date. That way, our computers stay protected from bad websites and other dangers.
Also, it’s good to be aware of the latest tricks that bad people use to steal information (called phishing). These tricks are always changing, so it’s smart to learn about them to avoid getting tricked into clicking on bad links. This helps reduce the chances of false alarms like this.
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