Re: Texting and Twitter

Subject: Re: Texting and Twitter
From: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: kathleen -at- writefortheuser -dot- com
Date: Wed, 25 Nov 2009 15:53:15 -0500

> I'm curious about how those who use twitter a lot avoid getting phishing
> emails, or getting hacked.

Twitter isn't email based, and you can't hack what isn't a file. Yet.

I do get Twitter spam in the form of direct messages and mentions, but
there are ways to avoid this. One is to make your account private and
approve people who request to see your tweets. Another is to send the
username of the spammer to @spam for them to clean out. I'm sure
they're working on more advanced ways of keeping spammers out or out
of sight, but given email's been around for this long and we still
have spam, I think it's only inevitable.

> I started a mini-twitter account earlier this year that I've kept
> private while I plan. But I recently started receiving emails telling me
> to change my password because the site had been compromised.

What's mini-twitter? And who's sending you emails?

> I also received phishing messages from an account I was following;
> unsuspecting, I did follow one of them. It wasn't until the second went
> out that I got really suspicious.

Well, this will happen with anything. Phishing happens via postal
mail, telephone, email, web sites, and yes, Twitter. Also happens in
person. It used to be called "social engineering" or "social hacking".

> I'm not really "up" on twitter yet; it takes some practice to tune into
> what people mean and how to "talk," and it hasn't been a high priority.
> But I'm pretty risk averse, too, so would appreciate any tips people
> have.

Everything you already do for other communications protocols to avoid
risk also apply to Twitter. If anything, Twitter is far more
simplistic and easier to spot a fake. It is, at least, for me.

Bill Swallow

Twitter: @techcommdood

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