We’ve all heard of Twitter accounts getting hacked. It’s happened to Ashton Kutcher, Justin Bieber, Steve Wozniak, numerous media outlets. Even we “normal” folks can be compromised, unwittingly. Recently my coworker accidentally clicked a URL-shortened link that resulted in her account spewing Direct Messages with a phishing link.
We were reminded again last week when Twitter took its popular application TweetDeck offline for a day after an Australian user discovered a bug that exposed a number of Twitter accounts.
As incredibly useful as Twitter is, we can’t ignore the fact that we share the Twitterverse with spambots, cyber criminals, crazy exes, etc. So how do you stay safe on Twitter? It’s a mixture of choosing the right Twitter client and remaining vigilant.