#FollowFriday – @Safety: Twitter’s scam watchdog.

by Doc Coleman - Nifty Tech Editor on June 11, 2010 · 2 comments

in Follow Friday

This week I am endorsing Twitter’s own security watchdog. This is a little known Twitter feed that everyone on Twitter should follow in order to be aware of the latest scams and to learn the simple ways that you can protect yourself from identity theives, scam artists, and other lowlifes. I am speaking of the most appropriately named @Safety.

@Safety is one of those accounts that you follow, but don’t see them tweet often. But when @Safety does tweet, you better listen.  The tweets from this account come straight from Twitter’s headquarters and contain information and links to articles to help you be a smarter, savvier, and safer Twitter user. @Safety gives out hints on identifying scams, such as messages requiring you to download a “safety module”, asking for confirmation that your account has not been used for spamming, or requiring personal information in order to fix or verify your account. Twitter won’t contact you by tweet or DM to do any of these things.  Anyone claiming to be from Twitter and asking you to do something is either a criminal, or a compromised account.  @Safety will also provide links to the latest Twitter blog entries on status and phishing attempts, so you can be informed and keep your account, and your personal information, under your control.

No review scheduled for next week, but there may be a special item or two to drop into the feed. And naturally there will be another #FollowFriday post. There is a new poll up, so please take time to vote on it. And comment to let me know if you like the polls, or if you’d rather I put them away for now. As always, I’d love to hear your feedback. Let me know what would make the Blog more enjoyable for you. See you next time!

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Mark Pisano June 23, 2010 at 8:34 PM

I have got 2 nasty infections from twitter spam this year so far. I think it is a growing problem with these social networks like facebook and twitter getting hit with all types of malware and viruses. Pretty interesting way for identifying the scams.

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Doc Coleman June 25, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Hi Mark!Thanks for sharing your experience. Unfortunately, wherever people gather, there will pretty much be someone out there trying to exploit them or otherwise ruin things for everyone else. So identifying scams and warning people has kind of become part of the territory. And it helps to be very suspicious of random links that you may see. Especially with so much malware designed to hijack the feeds of legitimate people and use that to propagate their malware.Doc

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