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3 tips to protect yourself from Twitter phishing attacks

By on February 27th, 2010 
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With Twitter use exploding at an unimaginable rate, it has created a lot of problems not only with Twitter's service but also with the users using the service. There has been numerous cases of phishing attacks on Twitter and user accounts getting hacked as a result of this. As tweets are limited to only 140 characters, people uses URL shortening services to post link in Twitter. This has created a perfect opportunity for hackers to try phishing attacks on unsuspecting users.

In this article, we give you 3 steps that will ensure that your Twitter account does not get hacked.

1. Check the URL of the login page

Whenever you see the login page of Twitter or are redirected to Twitter login page, check the URL at the address bar to ensure that you are at http://twitter.com/login or http://twitter.com/. Do not just enter your login details based on the look of the site. The look can be very easily faked.

2. Never enter your Twitter password on any other site

While it may seem stupid to think that people will enter their Twitter login details in other sites, it would be surprising to know that a lot of people actually enter them knowingly. These sites offer some Twitter service and ask the user for their Twitter login details for it to work. Remember that Twitter has its own internal authentication system for other services to work with Twitter without you providing your password.

3. Use browsers like Google Chrome or Firefox

Browsers like Google Chrome and Firefox has a feature that warns you when you visit a suspected phishing site. This feature is very useful and can save you from a lot of troubles.

With this three measures, you can ensure that you do not fall prey to Twitter phishing attacks.

Happy Tweeting!!

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3 tips to protect yourself from Twitter phishing attacks was originally published on Digitizor.com on February 27, 2010 - 7:00 am (Indian Standard Time)