Why You Need To Beware Of Phishing Attacks On Twitter

Twitter is great place to share your ideas and thoughts and it is an even better place to see others peoples’ ideas and thoughts.

You get to receive a view inside a circle of people that you normally wouldn’t associate with, be it by distance or just the fact that you would be in two different social circles.

But the other side of Twitter is not as nice.

Twitter can also be a place that can be harmful to your computer.

If you are not careful, the wrong account on Twitter can send you a link that can lead you right to a phishing attack.


What Is A Phishing Attack?

Before I start, I should describe what a phishing attack is for people who do not know –

A phishing attack is when a bad guy takes a web site and makes it look like another popular web site.

The purpose is to fool the people who normally go to the other web site and have them type in their online credentials.

They might ask for something as simple as your email and password.

Other times they might ask for your social security and credit card number.

Beware Of Violated Twitter Accounts

If you use Twitter a lot then you know that people’s accounts on Twitter get hacked all of the time.

Sometimes it’s a case of someone guessing their password.

Other times it is a case of a hacker being able to get in somewhere else, such as an email account, and was able to use that information to log into the persons twitter account.

Whatever the case may be, peoples’ accounts on Twitter are always being violated.

This means that you have to be careful when you click on links that people send over Twitter.

Take a look at the URL before you decide to click on it.

Make sure that it is safe.

Also, take a look at the previous tweets that the person sent before they sent that particular link out.

If they seem off or uncharacteristic of the person then you know that you really shouldn’t click on the link.

But hacked accounts are not the only place that can lead you to be exposed on Twitter.

Twitter Spam Bots

There are also spam bots that swarm Twitter trying to get people’s attention.

Most of the bots are harmless and are only used for advertising but that is not the case for all of them.

Some of them have links that will lead you to another web page where you will be attacked.

So the best bet for you to follow is to not click on any links that are sent by spam bots.

Not only can it lead you to become a victim in regards to a phishing attack but also bots are a nuisance and you are only encouraging the people who use them by clicking on the ads.

If you are a person that uses Twitter then you should be aware of phishing attacks on the service.

If you are careful on what links that you click, then you should be able to avoid them.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


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