The other day, I had a very impassioned and panicked call from a lovely old mate while I was doing the triple multitasking of getting my son to half term football academy. You know the drill; work calling, packed lunch being sorted, football kit still drying, getting mascara actually on my lashes…
So, I had sent my friend a text earlier informing her Twitter account had been hacked after I had a direct mail (DM) from her with the immortal words ‘Someone’s spreading nasty rumours about you’. I thought no more about it, however she rang me immediately. You see she had recently split from her long-term boyfriend, who is very tech savvy. So she had put 2 & 2 together and made a right old state.
She’s not the only one. A well-known actor mate of mine got one saying ‘How did they get that video of you…’ which of course sent him into a paranoiac catatonic state. Bless.
So here’s what to do if you get one of these DM’s.
- Don’t panic. They aren’t from sadistic ex-boyfriends or ex New-of-the-World Journalists; they are simply a hackers calling card.
- Don’t open the message, no matter how tempting it is. If you do, it sends the same message out to all your direct followers.
- Go in and change your password. Do this regularly anyway. Do it using the official Twitter.com application.
- Check what apps are connected to your account (Settings > Apps) and turn off access to any that you are no longer using. They can be a weak link.
- Let your friends know. They can then send out an apology (especially if it’s a work account). And change their passwords along with a cleanse of their unused apps.
Bottom line, we are so used to logging in to new accounts and giving our data away for nothing, this kind of thing is bound to happen. This hack is relatively innocuous. However do think twice, and verify the source of any application that is asking you to sign into their app’ using your Twitter or Facebook credentials.
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