Twitter Bot

The wave of Twitter spam bot attacks seem to drift in and out of the Virtuoso circle intermittently but time after time, people are falling for the same kind of spam message or tweet.  However, Twitter bots can be stopped, and by following these steps below, like us, you can help safely protect your Twitter account and never be invaded by the pesky little critters.

 

Step 1: Never ever ever open a link in a tweet (mention) or a direct message from someone you don’t know.

If you aren’t sure about the tweeter, check out their profile. You can’t be hacked by looking at a spammer’s Twitter profile. How many followers do they have? If very little or none, then they are probably spam. What does their bio say? If it makes little sense, there isn’t one, its rather rude and X rated or its a cheesy cliché, then this is also a sign that the profile may be a spam account. Read their 5 most recent tweets. Are they repetitive, all including links or trying to sell something? This is another signal that it is a spam account.

Step 2: Never believe that someone has written an awful blog post about you or that their friend has posted a terrible photo of you on line. They haven’t!

“lmao…omg I can’t believe this photo of you my friend just posted <spam link>”
As much as you may be tempted to click on the link, we can promise you that this is just their way of drawing you to click on the link. As soon as you click on the link in the message, they take control of your account and send the same message to everyone who follows you. *Remember you can only send messages to people who follow you. This also applies to tweets in which people are offering you a free ipad or vouchers. If it sounds too good to be true – then it probably is.

Step 3: Never login to your Twitter account unless it says https://twitter.com or http://twitter.com in the URL

Always check the web address that you are logging into. Anything different than above and the chances are as soon as you login, your account will be hacked.

Step 4: Change your password regularly and use a complex combination of words and numbers.

It is recommend on Twitter and any other website that you use a login for, that you should change your password regularly to help protect your accounts from being hacked. Remember, passwords are quite often case sensitive.

Blocking spamStep 5: Report and block spam users

To report a spam Twitter profile as spam, click on the icon next to “Follow” button and choose the bottom action from the drop down list.



Step 6: Follow @safety and @spam to keep up to date with recent trends in spam attacks on Twitter.

If you follow these steps then you will help to protect your Twitter account as well as working towards stopping spam on Twitter. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter too and we will keep you updated on all things social media.

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