Dealing with Spam & Phishing Scams on Twitter

As we all know, the Internet is wonderful place full of lots of good information, but it’s also full of bad an sometimes dangerous information. Some of you may have noticed that you have been receiving Spam messages or “weird” followers on Twitter and aren’t quite sure how to deal with it. The following articles might help:

If you think one of your Twitter friends have been phished or their account hacked it’s always a good idea to send them a nice Direct Message letting them know their account may have been compromised. If this is someone you followed knowingly or actually know, most likely they aren’t doing this maliciously. You should only report people as Spam if they seem to be using Twitter in an intentional malicious way.

Another way to protect yourself from immediately getting followed by these spammers or unwanted types of Twitter users, is to make your account private. How you do this after setting up your account is this: login into your Twitter account and click on Settings in the top right of the screen. Then down at the bottom of the Settings screen (under the Account tab, the first one), look for Tweet Privacy:. Check the box next to Protect my tweets. Checking this box will make your tweets only visible to those you allow to follow you on Twitter; it also allows you to accept or deny any new followers.

Finally, here is a great article about how to protect yourself from phishing in Facebook. The tips can be applied to any social
networking site or website.

Again, the Internet is a great place to network and learn and find information, as you’ve been finding out in 23 Things Kansas, but it’s not perfect. Just like computers have anti-virus software on them, you have to know how to protect your online accounts from these problems.

Please don’t hestitate to ask Janelle or Heather if you have any further questions about this, or leave a comment on this post.

Have a great weekend!

2 thoughts on “Dealing with Spam & Phishing Scams on Twitter

  1. Heather, et al: 23thingskansas is an excellent way to share technology lessons in an asynchronous manner. Congratulations.

    Many in our PLN have had similar experiences with spam and phishing on Twitter. I referenced my experience in a recent blog post Do You Lock Your Doors? . I encourage other participants to read the comments of my colleagues who shared their experiences, along with ideas to think of when trying to avoid these scams.

  2. Thanks, Sheryl, for the kind comment! :) Based on the response from all of our school librarians, I wonder if this type of program might help in the general education world. What do you think?

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