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The new social disease and “safe sex” tweeting to avoid phishing

11/15/2012
The new social disease and “safe sex” tweeting to avoid phishing

Today one of our client’s Twitter accounts received a direct message from Twitter. It said: Hey this person bit.ly/XXXxxx is spreading horrible rumors about you. Or the one I love is: Hey this person bit.ly/XXXxxx is spreading nasty rumors about you.

It’s a bust, a phish, a scam, a hoax, or dirty pool (as my grandfather used to say). Run, don’t walk, and really don’t open the link (in this case, a bit.ly link).

So, what can you do? Easy-peasy, four things:

  1. Get into your Twitter account
  2. Change your password* (might as well change your Facebook password too, especially if it’s the same as your Twitter password and/or you haven’t changed it in a while)
  3. Review and revoke apps you don’t currently use*
  4. Warn your Twitter homies and you might as well pass along the message to your Facebook clan too

*Click on the gear in top navigation, select settings. Click on Password link/tab or Apps link/tab on left navigation. You know the drill for password – put in current and new password twice. Be both creative in the new password you select with numbers and letters (I always always always use both upper and lower case). The Apps link shows all the applications you have given permission (knowingly or otherwise) to access your Twitter account. Consider revoking access for any apps that you haven’t used in past couple of weeks.

Finally consider also going to your browser and deselecting the remember passwords for sites box and removing all saved passwords (tools, options, security in Firefox). I know it’s a pain to have to enter passwords every time you want to get to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. but it’s even more of a pain to be phished and have to really undo the mess.

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