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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!