Twitter is becoming more popular and surpassing 500 million users, and the more people use a service or software, it is more likely to be affected by the SPAM (unsolicited requests), sometimes even with bad consequences: delusions, scams, damage to equipment, etc.
For some time, more than one has received spam messages to the inbox as private direct messages (DM’s), so let’s see:
They usually come in the form of a message from one of your contacts (although he has not sent him / her) without much or any text, and if you have text without much meaning or context, but where a link is never lacking. This link is always shortened by a shortener, which is almost always a shortener unknown, or is a known shortener, not usually one to give you extra information like Bitly destination that adding a + at the end of the link, you know the destination that will get you to click on it, before doing so.
The reason is clear, make catches your curiosity and go to a particular web page that the spammer is interested, but before you go you know where you’re going.
With what consequences?
When receiving a message from a person known, would not it suspicious, but upon entering the page suggested different things can happen:
- Make it a phishing page, where else try simulating a bank-style, the Facebook, Gmail, and access to your username and password will be stolen.
- That is an affiliate page generalist Amazon type, so that the click has left a cookie or stored referral (the spammer), so when you buy in the future, he takes a small commission from each victim like you.
- That is a page you want to increase traffic without more, to appear larger in terms of advertising and visits base induced increase “fraudulent” information.
- Make it a malware page where you enter only to download a piece of code that is installed on your computer to know that consequences ..
- They take you to a shop selling illegal, fraudulent, or know that ..
How to avoid it?
There may be several ways to prevent this, either directly or long term.
- Distrusting first of any direct message from Twitter, which does not have a context in the message accompanying the shortened link, even from people you know.
- Trying to check all links shortened knowing your destination before clicking. For that, if it bitly shortened, eg http://bit.ly/Wnn2Sz, copy it to the navigation bar and add a plus (+) at the end, like this: http://bit.ly/Wnn2Sz+ , and instead of taking us to the destination, see the URL that will direct us. For everyone else, you can use DuckDuckGo, that in seeking the url in the browser will tell where it goes, and if the result is another shortener, ie use a shortened within another, we can find it again. If at any step gives no result, do not enter.
- If distrust just a bit of a received message, ask your contact to: What you sent me? To give a clear answer before entering and you may distinguish an automatic boot never respond.
If you want the SPAM over, the solution is to each and every one of us not to use your Twitter account to login to services or legality dubious origin. These are obviously not just bad to look at, but also the safest use your account for spamming your contacts in your name without your permission, so much eye. The act of logging in with Twitter if done so banal can cost you.
Another way to combat this scourge, is denouncing Twitter accounts to take on the matter: https://support.twitter.com/entries/64986. And have two accounts that find more info: @Spam and @Safety.
And of course, notify the affected user, you are using your account to send SPAM, to review their applications of third pair see which is the culprit and disconnected. To see them you can go to Settings (the gear on the top bar)> Applications (in the left menu), and you will: https://twitter.com/settings/applications, the list of apps in the which you have logged in to Twitter.
Hope this helps;)