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Twitter is a popular platform for sharing opinions, news, and links. Launched in 2006, Twitter has more than 5 billion active users today and posts more than 3 billion tweets every single day. This has naturally led to a number of phishing attacks over the micro blogging site. The fact that links are immediately published on a large scale over Twitter makes it a feasible attack ground for malicious people.


Phishing Threats over Twitter

Such threats are a common occurrence over Twitter and they reveal themselves in the form of Direct Messages from the person a user is following. Generally, accounts that have a big number of followers are attacked because their reach spreads to a wider base.

A target receives a message with a common phrase like “LOL is that you?” or “Someone is distributing nasty blogs about you.” This is followed by a shortened link that redirects the victim to a page that looks like twitter.

The victim when reach the fake Twitter login page where he/she enters his Twitter ID and password and it reaches over the attacker accidentally. This further highlights the risks of passwords today.

How to stop Twitter phishing attacks?

The most vital thing is to not fall for such attacks. Use a URL expander such as ‘LongURL’ to see the genuine identity of a shortened link before you reach.

In addition, it is suggested to use a strong & unique password for Twitter in the first place. Do not give your Twitter ID and password with third parties and make sure that you are on the genuine Twitter website when you login. Make sure that your OS and system security software are totally updated and patched. To get updates from Twitter Security regarding security updates you can follow @safety.

The best security measure you can take is to allow the option that needs you to enter email address or phone number in order to reset the password. For this, tap on the gears button in the top-right corner when you are signed in and select Settings. Now click the box next to the Password Reset option. Tap on Save Changes and enter your password to verify. This makes sure that if the account password needs to be changed; either phone number or an email address will be required.

To link your phone number with your account click on the gears button in the top-right corner when you sign in, tap on Settings, select Mobile from the list on the left side, insert your phone number and service provider and tap on Activate Phone.

What to do after falling for a Twitter phishing scam?

The most important thing you should do is change the password. Next, remove all the fake tweets that were sent out during the time period when the account was vulnerable. Lastly, block connections to all third-party applications that are included with your Twitter account.

To stop revoke access click on Apps when you enter the Settings page. Click on Revoke access for the services you wish to revoke.

Some users have also complained about forge emails that appear to be from Twitter. These emails basically inform the receiver about a password reset or some other security update. Such mails should be handled with extreme care to check if they are real or not. You should be alert that Twitter never sends links by email nor does it request passwords through email. These are symbols that an email could potentially be forged. If you get a fake email that claims to be from Twitter, send it to spoof@twitter.com.

Twitter phishing attacks have become very common over the last few years. With this in mind, it is important to be aware of all the precautions given here. Hacker take the benefit of the fact that people pay very little attention to what they are basically clicking on so take some extra seconds to have a second look. With the correct measures such phishing scams can be blocked completely. User can employ Norton Antivirus for proper safety from attacks. Norton Tech Support is available 24*7 to help the user, when seeking help regarding Norton Antivirus.