Some of you may have heard of the Twitter Phishing issue on Twitter these last few days. For those new to this type of scam read on.
What Is Phishing?
Wikipedia defines phishing as “the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.”
So here is what happens. The Phishing website looks like a normal website, in this case Twitter. For the Phishing scam to work you must enter your username and password. So most Anti-Virus programs would not reconize any new Phishing sites so don’t get a false sense of security just because you have a anti-virus program installed.
The best protection against these sites is common sense. Why is this site asking this information? Always question this fact. Also NEVER give bank or social security information EVER on the Internet.
Some people may have clicked on the link and given their Twitter password to the phishing site. In those cases it would be possible for the phisher to send out direct messages on your behalf which could trick your followers.
If you gave your user information already change your password. Go here; http://twitter.com/account/password