The CS guide to avoiding Twitter (and any) Phishing Scams

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When it comes to avoiding Twitter phishing scams (or any for that matter) there are 3 “Common Sense” things you can do to avoid getting swindled.

1. If you don’t know them, don’t click it. It’s really that easy, if you don’t know the person, or haven’t been in a social situation with them before then chances are they’re not going to have a “vid” or some “picz” of you.  Just like you’re not supposed to click on email from people you don’t know don’t click on links from people you don’t know.

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2. The links usually hold some clues as well. Look at the url on this one: videos.dskjkiuw.com does that really look like a trustworthy URL with the garbled mess in the center? No one would remember that if it was a serious site. If it isn’t a shortened URL and contains a string of letters like that, chances are it’s no good.

However, lets say one of your friends got duped, sent you the link because their account became compromised and they are sending you a legit looking link… then what?

3. This is the easiest way to tell if it’s a phishing site. If it looks just like a site you’re familiar with, but the URL in the address bar is all wrong. In this latest phishing scam the above URL will take you to what looks like the Twitter sign in page, but when you look at the URL it’s that same garbled mess.

Twitter, FaceBook, your bank, etc are never going to have you log into their site through videos.ghjghjgy.com or twitter.lameurl.com or YourBank.scamcentral.com or anything else.

If you use a little common sense, and only use the accepted and sanctioned routes to access your accounts then you will never have a problem.

Thank you for reading
Josh “Shua” Peters

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