Some transforms use public APIs to get their results. These public APIs sometimes have strict rate limits to prevent abuse. Signing in to these services with your own account allows for the rate limits to be applied per user instead of having the same rate limits shared between everyone using these transforms. Some of the transform hub members also use Managed Services to control access to their transforms instead of using API keys.

By default, the Maltego client comes with a single managed service for using the Twitter transforms. To use any of the standard Twitter transform you will need to sign into a Twitter account.

Clicking the Managed Services button will open the Service Manager window:

The steps below can be taken to sign into a new managed service. In this example, Twitter will be signed into:

  1. Click the "Sign In" text
  2. A page will open in your default browser

  1. Sign into your account, and then authorise Maltego
  2. After successfully signing in you will be shown the following image in your web browser and you can close the browser tab and go back to the Maltego client:

The managed service will now be shown as signed in:

Note: In Maltego, the managed services use a standard protocol named OAUTH where Maltego doesn’t ever receive or store your user account details. The Maltego client will receive a temporary access token from the service that is used to make requests on behalf of the user.