Cybercriminals use various types of strategies to gain access to accounts social networks and steal personal information that could mean some kind of financial gain for them. As with many platforms, Twitter users are also vulnerable to these attacks.
In the event that people do not have knowledge about the modalities of tricks and other aspects to keep in mind to keep your data safe, they are more likely to become victims of criminals who seek to harm them.
One way cybercriminals can breach the security of user accounts is through direct messages in which they pose as members of the Twitter and request information about login credentials, in addition to using suspicious links or attachments that could be infected with malware of some kind.
This form of deception, called phishingis one of the most common on the Internet and consists of cybercriminals posing as a company or personality that inspires confidence among users to subsequently request information personal and that it is delivered voluntarily by the victim.
Beware of suspicious messages and links
In order not to be a victim of this type of online scam, people have to consider the following:
In principle, Twitter it does not ask any of its customers for passwords or login details. In addition, it does not send direct messages (DM) to users, but rather makes official communications through emails identified with “@twitter.com” at the end.
In the event that a person has received an email from different addresses and that they claim to be from the social networkthe user must remove it immediately without clicking or interacting with its content in any way, including its attachments and links, as there is a possibility that they may redirect to websites insecure or malicious.
In case they have been received direct messages on Twitter that are suspicious:
– You must proceed to report it.
– Make sure you don’t download any type of attachment or click on a questionable link. delete it of the tray is the most appropriate.
– They are not due share data login or account access credentials.
– To prevent it from happening again, you can configure the options to control what type of user can send direct messages.
How to keep the account safe
If the user considers that the security of his account has been compromised, the first thing to do is change password. The new key must include a mix of uppercase, lowercase, number, and special characters (#$%&). Using a password manager is a good option.
The Twitter account password should not be similar or the same as the one used on other social networks or websites.
Another action to reinforce security is to activate the two-step authentication on the account. This way users will be able to identify unwanted logins and account access from unauthorized devices can be prevented.
avoid sharing or give permissions to other people or websites to access the password of the account, especially if it promises to increase the number of followers or get money for free.
Having a good antivirus system on your device can help you avoid being a victim of some type of malware transmitted through malicious downloads or links.