By Lisa Larter
Phishing scams are one of the most popular ways for hackers to get control of your Twitter account.
Don’t know what Phishing is? The short answer is YOU get tricked into clicking on a link and then, you essentially give up your user name and password and someone hijacks your account. Most often on Twitter they start to bombard your followers with more phishing links via direct messages in the attempt to hack more accounts.
You can easily find countless examples on Twitter:
“You seen what this person is saying about you (some type of phishing link) terrible things.”
“OMG is this you in this video (some type of phishing link)?”
It’s NOT True: No one is talking about you in some blog post, they are not uploading scandalous photos of you, and you have not been caught in some video without your own knowledge. These hackers prey on your fears of a damaged reputation or scandal and that’s what sucks you in.
Stop falling for these messages when they end up in your inbox. Just don’t click.
When curiosity really really gets to you and you and you think the message might be legit and you just can’t resist checking into it….here is a way to tell if the message is real:
Send the person a direct message back and ask them if they really sent you that link. 99.9% of the time they will not reply or they will respond that they don’t know what you’re talking about because they have no idea their account has been hacked.
The other 0.1% of the time, they will reply and validate that they really did send you the link and it is safe to click on.
Don’t be gullible, stay away from links that seem suspicious or are from people that wouldn’t normally be sending you a link via Twitter this way.
Have you been the victim of a phishing scam? How do you now keep hackers at bay? Share your tips with us in the comments!