As a relatively computer savvy person, there’s nothing more embarrassing or frustrating than getting hacked. It happened to me this week. Someone had nothing better to do than to use a third-party connection to annoy my Twitter buddies in my name. GRRRRRRR! It feels akin to having one’s wallet stolen. I contacted Twitter and followed their advice:
“Due to concern that your account may have been compromised in a phishing attack that took place off-Twitter, your password was reset. Please create a new password by opening this link (Twitter provides one) in your browser. This will reset your password. Remember to choose a strong password that is a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. Do not reuse your old password. As a reminder, you should be extraordinarily suspicious of any third party that offers to artificially inflate your follower count. We do not endorse any of these sites.
Please make sure to:
- Scan your computers for viruses / malware, especially if unauthorized tweets continue to be posted in your accounts even after you’ve changed the password.
- Check the Connections page at and revoke the access privileges of any third party applications that you do not recognize.
- Avoid providing your username and/or e-mail and password to untrusted third-party sites.
- Remove any updates that you did not post personally.
You can also visit our help page for hacked or compromised accounts.”
Having taken care of Twitter, I went through all my important accounts and changed passwords, even though Twitter was the only account affected.
Thank goodness my Twitter buddies were understanding. Nonetheless, from now on I will be even more vigilant.
When was the last time you changed your passwords?