How I Recaptured My Twitter Account!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Hi, guys. This is just a note to let you know that my Twitter account has been reseized. You can follow me here:

For about two hours yesterday (an eternity in Twitter time), my account was seized by a virus as deadly as a band of Somali pirates. You can read more about the virus and its origins here (via CNET), but in a nutshell, my account sent off unauthorized tweets blasting certain celebrities and talking about how the problem could be prevented by using browsers such as Firefox. I believe I picked up the virus by clicking on an infected user's profile.

Here's what you can do to keep yourself and your Twitter account safe. Believe me-- you do NOT want to experience what I just experienced!
  1. If you are not already using Firefox or a third party client for Twitter (such as Tweetdeck or Twitterific), I highly recommend that you do. Internet Explorer can be susceptible to all sorts of nasty security breaches. I shudder to think about it.
  2. If you think an account you are following may be infected, do not click on their profile and just to be on the safe side, remove them from your Following list.
  3. Keep reading sources such as mashable and CNET to stay updated about any new viruses or hacks that may be circulating. I may not be the most tech-savvy blogger/tweeter out there, but I think this is a sign that I need to pay more attention and stay current.
  4. Check out the Twitter support page for updates from the company itself.

If anyone else experienced this awful virus for themselves, I'd love to hear your tips. I want to thank you for being patient with me and want to apologize for any inconvenience I may have caused!


WendyB said...

Oh noes! What happened?

Dream Sequins said...

My account was hacked with a virus. It basically took over my tweets and streamed some pretty awful stuff. It was a two hour ordeal, to figure out what was wrong and how to purge the account of the "evil tweets." This Twitter worm is in the news. I feel so violated! :(

Wicked Halo said...

oh dear, I'm so sorry :(

Swell Vintage - Frankie said...

Bad luck :( let me know when it's all sorted so I can follow you! x

Dream Sequins said...

Hey guys-- I blogged a little more about how my account was recaptured :)

Rachael Kearley said...

Aw I'm sorry that happened, we all forgive you I'm sure considering it's not your fault at all. Thanks for the tips, I use tweetdeck and its pretty amazing. except I can only get the 100 most recent, I feel like I'm missin out on so much some time.... but I think that just makes me an addict.

Dream Sequins said...

Rachael: Thanks for stopping by! I hear you on the Twitter addiction. I think that's part of why I was so upset about losing access for two hours... I'm totally addicted!

Modelizer said...

I'm glad you got your account back! Twitter seems like the biggest hassle/waste of time out of all the time wasters.

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