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Think before you Click

 We recently received a call from someone we had recently set up on Twitter.  They had received a Direct Message telling them there was something bad written about them in a blog and to click the link to see what is was.  Our first response was a short, sharp “don’t!!” our second was a more reasoned explanation of why.  The message and others like it are viruses and they seem to spread if an account clicks on the link.  

 

How to spot a virus
 
If you receive a Direct Message from someone you follow asking you to click on a link just stop and pause while you think.  
Does this person use Twitter a lot?
Do they normally send me Direct Messages?
Is this their writing style?
The messages usually ask things such as what are you doing in this photo or vidd
If it looks suspicious in any way don’t click on the link.
If you do click you may be asked to register for a site that could look genuine.  The current wave of spam messages are operating this way.  By registering you could be exposing your computer to attack by a Trojan computer virus.
 
What if you did click?
 
If you did click, and we’re all human, and you are now the one sending out messages here’s what you do.
Change your Twitter password
Check the apps that you have authorised to access your Twitter account and delete them.
Delete as many of the  Direct Messages you supposedly sent as you can
Tweet an explanation or apology to your followers urging them to ignore any Direct Messages from you
Run an Anti-virus scan as soon as you can
 
From the amount of suspicious messages we’ve received in the last week take comfort in the fact that you aren’t the only one.  We’ve received spam from people we know are very experienced Tweeters.
 

 

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