Twitter Offers Tips as Phishing Scams Persist

Twitter log-in pagePhishing expeditions by scammers looking for your personal information have re-intensified through Twitter accounts, utilizing the micro-blogging giant’s direct messaging system.
The latest email to avoid – and delete – says, “somebody wrote something about you in this blog here,” then offers a short URL link which takes you to a bogus log-in page.  If you log in, the ‘phisher’ recycles through the user’s DMs (direct messages) to all followers. 
The ultimate quest of most phishing schemes is obtaining personal contact information and passwords to hack into other websites that may contain the most prized targets: financial data such as banking and credit card account numbers. Some take you to bogus sites and ask you for personal account information directly.
Twitter issued more guidelines on the phishing scams on its blog Friday.  It advises Twitter users to at least briefly review everyone you follow; use a strong and unique password; and always double-check the URL (webpage address) before logging-in to make sure you’re on
“Our Trust and Safety team identifies and deletes spam accounts every day,” Twitter said. “Still, we recommend against indiscriminately following hundreds or thousands of accounts without having a look first. To learn how you can avoid falling victim to a phishing scam or if you have other questions about keeping your Twitter account secure, please read Keeping Your Account Secure at our help site.”
Internet security firms are warning that with the dizzying growth of social media sites and traffic, phishing emails will intensify.  They advise not to use the same password for multiple sites, using different ones for socializing, and even stronger and more unique passwords on websites with vital financial information, such as personal banking sites or payment services like PayPal.

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