Posts Tagged ‘Twitter’

Gone Phishing

Posted: Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 8:30 am
By: Karen Sherman
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I have countless passwords for the various sites I use throughout the day.  I can think of seven different ones off the top of my head as I write this post.

Your password(s) should be important to you.  Especially if you do any sort of financial-type work online like Internet banking, investments or trading.  Ebay and Paypal are linked to your bank account, so you wouldn’t want those passwords getting into the wrong hands.

The Internet is a safe place, and so is Sioux Falls!  But this doesn’t mean you can leave the keys in your car.  So why would you give your password out to a stranger?  OK, maybe it’s not as straightforward as that, but there are some simple rules to follow.

A phishing scam has been making its rounds on Twitter lately.  While it may not be a big deal to you if someone hacks your Twitter account to send messages to your followers, what if you use the same password on Twitter as your Internet banking account?  Feeling a little worried now?  You should.  (But don’t be scared; there’s a simple fix and things to watch out for.)

Over the past day or so, I’ve gotten these direct messages through Twitter:

This You? phishing scam

This You? phishing scam

Anyone worried about incriminating photos or stories would be inclined to click the link.  After all, I have to make sure that picture of me eating my co-workers Kit Kat isn’t making its way around the Internet.

Clicking the link brings up a familiar page:

Twitter login page.  Or is it?

Twitter login page. Or is it?

Upon closer inspection, the URL in the address bar reads:  http://twitter.login.kevanshome.org/login/?F4y3P  (The one you see may be slightly different.)

The real Twitter login page:

Official Twitter Login Page

Official Twitter Login Page

Notice the URL reads: http://twitter.com/login

Always check the URL when providing sensitive information

Make sure you’re logging into the correct Web site, whether it’s your Twitter, Facebook or even your bank account.  For an experienced Web developer, it only takes moments to duplicate the look and feel of a Web site you’re used to seeing.

Use different passwords

If you use the same password on all sites, it’s easier to compromise your security.  It may not be a big deal if you lost your Twitter password, but if it’s the same as your banking password, now there’s reason to worry.

Use caution when on unsecured wireless networks

If you’re checking your bank account on an unsecured wireless network, you should know it’s fairly simple for hackers to intercept passwords and other sensitive information while it’s being transmitted.  Secure your wireless network and check the URL for https:// which encrypts the information you send.

The Internet is a valuable resource and a safe place, but you should always take extra precautions when dealing with passwords to your sensitive information.  If you feel your account has been compromised or if others report getting strange messages from you, be sure to change your password as soon as possible.

What’s With This Twitter Thing?

Posted: Thursday, February 5, 2009 at 1:42 pm
By: Karen Sherman
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If you’re part of any social networking site or have spent some time online lately, there’s no doubt you’ve heard of Twitter. 

But if not, let me explain “quickly.”

When you sign up for Twitter, the main page of the site asks you, “What are you doing?” And you get to answer in 140 characters (letters and spaces) or less.

Some might say, “Running out to get lunch.”

That could be useful to co-workers who maybe want to tag along or a client who knows you won’t be available for the next hour or so.

But most users on Twitter couldn’t care less about what you’re actually doing at the moment. And plenty of people who avoid the site, do so because they don’t want someone knowing what they do every second of every day. It doesn’t make sense to them.

That’s why I’ve noticed Twitter users are ignoring that question altogether. Instead of answering, “What are you doing?” they might share an insight on a news story they’ve just read, something they just saw on TV or something that just happened in their hometown. These people share their thoughts, their discoveries and sometimes ask their own questions.

Those updates might look something like this:

“Just read a neat article on KELOLAND.com. Here’s the link.”

“Need help preparing your taxes online? Check out this article.”

“Does anyone know how to make homemade lasagna?”

twitter.com/keloland

twitter.com/keloland

These types of updates (or tweets) are useful to more people than if you were to simply say you were brushing your teeth. And depending on how many people follow you, near-instant replies happen all the time, so your questions never go unanswered.

There really aren’t any rules on Twitter (in regards to what your updates look like), so you can really say whatever you want. But valuable updates get you exposure in the “Twitterverse” (like universe) and more people “follow” you.

Following is simply subscribing to another user’s updates. If you find that a particular user’s updates make you laugh or think, you may want to subscribe or “follow.”

KELOLAND.com uses Twitter to send out our news stories. Now, mixed in with all of your friends’ valuable updates, you’ll also see the latest headlines from our site every hour. If the story interests you, you’re able to click the link in the update and view the full story right here.

Twitter does thrive on interaction, however, and our KELO Newsroom account exists for that very purpose. You’re able to send us story ideas, news tips, and feedback.  (We can’t promise quick replies, since we are actually working on other things like gathering the latest news.)  But we’ll let you know what’s going on in the newsroom and interesting things you can find on our site besides the news stories. If you haven’t checked it out, or if I’ve thoroughly confused you, sign up for an account. And make sure to follow us on Twitter.