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Friday, February 26, 2010

Compromised Position

When I saw the words "Haha, Is this you???" in a direct message on Twitter from the Local Roots Cafe, my first thought was, "What? A compromising position? Ah geez I hope not." For a brief second I wondered what past connection I could have possibly had with the Local Roots Cafe. Not knowing a soul from there, I came up with nothing, so naturally I still clicked on the link. It looked legit.

When I did it brought me to Twitter's sign-in page, which also looked legit, so I signed in and then received a message that the page did not exist. So I tried again, just in case they didn't get my password the first time. Same thing. I forgot about it, but quickly removed the Local Roots Cafe from receiving any of my tweets, "just in case." When I signed on this morning I found out that dopey people everywhere for days have been falling for this phish attack on Twitter .I would be one of those dopes. I immediately changed my password, although I doubt they would use my account to spam people as I only have 98 followers. Not big bang for the buck. Besides, my account is a locked account, so that must have an added layer of security in Twitterland.

I found this article, "A compromised Twitter account: regaining control!" ...good information.

"The good news is that you can regain control over your account quickly. Make sure that you log into your account - I would go to the address bar in the browser and type it in by hand, (or follow this link to Twitter) and log yourself in. Then go to your Settings page (top right hand corner), and click on Password. Change your password, verify it, and confirm the change. Second, click on Connections. This will take you to a list of third party applications that you have allowed to access your Twitter account. Run your eye down the list, and make sure you recognise them all. If you don't, hold your mouse cursor over the title, and check the site that it will take you to. If you still don't recognise the application, click on 'Revoke Access'. This will tell Twitter to stop allowing the resource to use your information. Don't worry if you've made a mistake - you can always return to the application website in the future and allow access again."

I haven't really warmed up to Twitter. I find it's not user friendly enough. I don't have as much control over it as I like, yet hackers want to take what little I have. It's too time consuming. I don't know if it's even worth it...


  1. I never have understood Twitter. Why anyone would want to know what I'm doing minute by minute is beyond me.