My Facebook account has been hacked a couple times; once was local and once from California. This blog was hit by malware several months ago too. I don’t know if our Twitter account was compromised; Homepreneurs partner Melanie runs that effort.
As a social media guru, Melanie wrote a valuable piece on account hacking. She is in tune with the goings-on in the social media world and her advice is considered quite accurate and sound. Suffice to say, all accounts, blogs, websites, etc are at risk from hackers. Each day we hear of more accounts being compromised. I strongly suggest you read and learn from Melanie, one of the best at what she does.
How is my Account being Hacked?
By Melanie Hetfield
More and more accounts on Twitter are being hacked, but it’s not Twitter’s fault that this is happening.
Hopefully we all know to avoid emails that ask for personal details such as bank account numbers or personal details such as Date of Birth etc, that could be used to gain access to your banks or other personal accounts.
This same technique is being used on Twitter with messages such as: (warning don’t login in to any!!!)
- ROFLMAO i can’t stop laughing at this pic of you hopka.pl/z7e8b
- Hey, I just added you to my Mafia family. You should accept my invitation! Click here: pmw.es/25a3fb – some of these are genuine, but a lot are not!!
- lmao this video of you is funny as hell, im sharing it with everyone ppfr.it/434
- I saw this really nasty tweet about you this user must not like you..http://t.co/6JalIVG
Now when you click the link it takes you to a Twitter login page that is identical to Twitter, quite easy to duplicate, however if you notice the website address it’s not Twitter.com it is something like this: http://itwitier.com this is one of many that are being used to catch people out.
So you click the link because it says there’s a photo of you, without looking at the website address you see a Twitter login page and even though the thought may come across your mind “I’m already logged in” your curiosity to see this photo of you catches hold and you enter your login details. This then gives the fake website access to your Twitter account.
The same is being done on Facebook also, so please be wary.
Once they have access to your account they start to send out Direct Messages and @mentions to your followers to catch them out too!
Not only do they have access to your account to send Direct Message people, but they can also now view your email address and any other information that you have in your private settings on your account.
Taking it to another level, do you use the same password for your Twitter account also for your email account? If you do, then you have also just given them access to your email account as it can be guaranteed that they won’t just stop at your Twitter account. Once they gain access to your email account, they can view personal emails that you have sent and received and send emails to those in your contacts list. How often do you check your sent folder? Not often for many people and unless a friend comes back and asks why you’ve sent a certain link to them, you’ll be none the wiser.
My advice is to tell people who are sending these types of scam messages to you the following:
“Your account has been hacked and you are sending scam messages, you need to change your password to stop this.”
If you think you may have been caught out by one of these scam messages, I’d recommend you change your password now!
The more people are in the know how your account can be hacked the safer you can be whilst on Twitter.
I don’t ask for my blogs or tweets to be ReTweeted, but to help keep Twitter safe for users it would be appreciated if you shared this with your followers. They too may have been caught out!
Melanie Hetfield is the founder and owner of Hetfield Services in London, England. She provides professional Tweeting and Social Media Services in addition to graphic design. She is a partner in Homepreneurs and blogs at http://hetfieldservices.wordpress.com.
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