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Clean Up Your Twitter Account: Spammers and Scammers are after You

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen a huge increase in spam messages on Twitter in the past week. And the sad thing is, that it is not just bots doing it, but genuine accounts are being hacked. Twitter is mainstream now, which means that that is where the hackers go. I’ve had several spam messages from people I know in the past few days.

All I can tell people is to clean up their Twitter accounts, see who you follow, change your password if necessary and be sure to check the applications connected to your account. If there is one you don’t recognize or don’t trust: revoke the access!

Twitter spam is nothing new, but as said, things have increased very much. Impermium found that the percentage of social networking accounts which are fraudulent ranges from 5 percent to 40 percent. So they made this infographic which shows that scammers are becoming more sophisticated every day.


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Bas van den Beld is a speaker, trainer and online marketing strategist. Bas is the founder of Stateofdigital.com. -- You can hire Bas to speak, train or consult.
  • http://www.loichelias.com Loïc Hélias

    Thanks Bas for this nice post.
    I like the picture concerning spam report on twitter.
    Best regards

  • studiumcirclus

    I think you make some important points here. It might be worth expanding on your “check the applications connected to your account” point. Usually this is the main element connected to hostile takeovers or aggressive unsolicited tweets.

    How about a list of common Twitter/FB “app categories” which more often than not contain malpost programming? Some of the one’s I’ve noticed are:

    “See who your stalkers are with our app!”
    “Who spends the longest time on your page?” apps
    “Who looks at your photos” apps

    – basically apps which claim to provide data on metrics which aren’t commonly available but which people feel ‘insecure’ not knowing about. Obviously known social analytics suites are a usually exceptions to this…