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Posts Tagged ‘Twitter Hack’

Connecting Your Phone To Twitter May Not Be The Best Idea

Do you ever tweet from your phone? We’re not talking about your smartphone’s Twitter apps, we’re asking if you tweet via text or SMS.

If you do, you might want to consider joining the rest of us on the smartphone train because hackers seem to be going spoof wild on phones lately – and apparently Twitter is vulnerable.

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Latest Twitter Scam Directs You To Video Showing Obama Punch Someone In The Face

First off: No, you will not see a video of President Obama punching someone in the face here – or anywhere for that matter.

That’s the point of this post. The latest attempt to compromise your Twitter account tells you that you will see this Obama video after clicking the attached link, but you won’t. You will have your Twitter account hijacked AND your personal information stolen from your computer though!

So spread the word, because once folks click the link and travel to the official-looking pages that follow, they’ll fall for this hoax. And guess what? You probably would too!

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Wake Up with a Tweet: How to Make a Twitter-Controlled Coffee Pot

Maybe we should have saved this post for Monday morning, but it was just too cool to wait: you can rig up your coffee pot to start brewing with a single tweet. Whether you’re on your way home from work or lying lethargically in bed, you can start that fresh aroma floating around your apartment with a little hardware and some cellphone reception.
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Twitter Security 101: 5 Official Tips For Keeping Your Profile Safe

Your security on Twitter is important, and while Twitter and their Trust & Safety team (led by the very capable Del Harvey) work their little cotton socks off to keep the platform as secure as possible, the onus is on you, the user, to take responsibility to ensure you’re not making yourself more susceptible to exploitation.

Over on the official Twitter blog, there’s a new entry that attempts to answer a question that they probably receive hundreds, maybe thousands of times a day. Namely:

“How do I keep my Twitter account safe and private?”

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The Sun Newspaper Is ‘Hacked’ On Twitter, Sends RIP Message To News Of The World

It hasn’t been a good week for Rupert Murdoch and News International.

On Monday the Fox News Politics account was hacked on Twitter. And on Thursday, the world (and Twitter) was rocked by the announcement that the 168-year old News Of The World newspaper would be closing its doors forever, after being unable to refute claims that the paper authorised hacking into the mobile phones of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler and the families of 7/7 bombing victims, amongst thousands of others.

The final issue of the News Of The World has been published today. And perhaps fittingly, the publication’s sister paper, The Sun, was been ‘hacked’ on Twitter, with the hijacker using the platform to send a supportive message to the News Of The World, while attacking those who they perceived helped bring about its downfall.

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Simon Pegg Hacked On Twitter, Sends Trojan Horse To Over One Million Fans

Twitter’s good for many things, but in particular the popularity of the micro-blogging network with celebrities has meant that it’s been particularly resourceful for hackers looking to exploit the accounts of the rich and famous to spread malicious scripts and unsavoury messages amongst their millions of fans.

Axl Rose, Britney Spears, Lil Wayne and Ashton Kutcher have all been the victims of a hacked Twitter profile in the past. And now, reports Graham Cluley at Sophos, the latest member of this club is British comedic actor Simon Pegg.

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5 Ways You Can Stay Safe On Twitter

As Twitter grows in popularity, like Facebook it begins to resemble almost an internet within the internet. Indeed, if Facebook is the second internet, there’s a strong argument that Twitter, even with its relatively slight 25 million users, is the third.

With all the good that comparison brings, it also means a lot of the less savoury elements of the web arrive in abundance, too.

Here are five tips (and the now-compulsory bonus) to help you stay safe on Twitter.

  1. Regularly change your password, particularly during any kind of phishing or XSS exploit. You don’t have to be paranoid, but use your common sense. If there’s any potential  risk to your password at all, why not just change it?
  2. Consider using a URL expander (or software where it comes built-in) before clicking on a shortened link. Most shortened URLs are perfectly safe, but a certain percentage are going to lead you to places you don’t want to go, and might be harmful to your computer. Again: common sense prevails. Do you know the user who shared the link? Do you trust them? Is this the kind of content they typically share?
  3. Be mindful of the things you say, as anybody could be reading. Who’s the worst person in the world that you can think of that might be reading your tweets? Your boss? Your mother? Your fiancée? If you always write with them in mind, you’re unlikely to go too far off course.
  4. If you post under an alias, considering reserving your real name for future use and to protect from identity fraud. You never know when you might hit it big. Even if you think there’s no chance whatsoever, it costs you nothing and takes less than five minutes. Why not do it?
  5. Take responsibility and make sure you’ve authorised all external connections to your account. If something is tweeting on your behalf, most of the time it’s because you ticked a box somewhere. Find that connection, and remove it.

BONUS: This is more of a request, actually – petition Twitter to let us backup our accounts. Currently, there’s no way to do this, which means if something happens to your profile there’s a risk you could lose everything. What if you get hacked, and the exploiter decides to delete everything you’ve ever written, unfollow all your friends, and generally run rampant? Sure, you can start over, but lots of us have a genuine history on the network. All those connections, and all that metadata, could be lost. There are various services that let you save your data offline, but there’s no way to get that back on to Twitter. And the only way I see that happening is if Twitter takes responsibility and provides us with this service.

I’ve made this point a couple of times but it’s worth saying again just in case it didn’t take – there’s no need to be paranoid about using social media. But it absolutely pays to be smart about it, too. And by following the guidelines above you can significantly improve the chances that your Twitter experience is always a good one.