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Twitter’s latest DM scam; How to protect yourself and followers

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Another scam has become rampant on Twitter over the past few days, with a spate of direct messages being unlawfully sent via hi-jacked Twitter accounts. The majority of messages read “guaranteed. make $3,000 to $8,000 a month from home” or similar, and it’s well advised that follow-through links within not be clicked.

The follow-through links load typical #getrichquick websites that request the user to part with a small amount of money secured with the promise of a larger return, albeit one which never occurs. Luckily, many URL shorteners, like Twitter’s official t.co and Tiny URL, recognise some of the links as spam and warn users before continuing.

Here’s The Sociable’s short and simple guide to protecting yourself and your followers on Twitter.

1. The most important thing you can do to protect yourself on Twitter is to revoke access to third-party services you may have granted involuntarily or by mistake. Granting access to an unsavoury application will give it full control to send tweets and direct messages from your account. Go down through your list of applications, as guided below, and revoke access to those services you don’t recognise. Be ruthless, you can always re-authenticate in the future if needed.

Navigate to your Twitter settings page
Navigate to your Twitter settings page
Click the Applications tabs then review all allowed third-party services
Click the Applications tabs then review all allowed third-party services

2. This one is obvious but changing your Twitter login password from time to time is advised. Choose an alpha-numerical combination that’s at least eight characters long.

3. If you receive any suspicious direct messages from people you follow don’t click any links and certainly don’t part with any money!

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  1. […] How to protect yourself & followers from Twitter’s latest DM scam: Another scam has become rampant on Twitter over the past few days, with a spat of direct messages being unlawfully sent via hi-jacked Twitter accounts. The majority of messages read “guaranteed. make $3,000 to $8,000 a month from home”[/i] or similar, and it’s well advised that follow-through links within not be clicked.The follow-through links load typical #getrichquick websites that request the user to part with a small amount of money secured with the promise of a larger return, albeit one which never occurs. Luckily, many URL shorteners, like Twitter’s officialt.co and Tiny URL, recognise some of the links as spam and warn users before continuing. Source: sociable.co […]

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Darren McCarra is co-editor of The Sociable. He has a keen interest in photography, all things mobile, and writing about technology and social media. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.