As those of you that have seen me during November should have noticed I’ve be growing a Mustache for Movember Each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
Anyway as you will see, while I might not have managed the full handlebar but, I have as my daughter puts it “Made myself look like a friend of Jimmy Saville”
So now it’s time for you all to cough up the dish for this good cause. Just click here
More about Movember
Like many I have increasingly been using Twitter as for professional communication and have found it a compelling medium providing a very efficient way of keeping in-touch with the massive amount of activity of professional interest to me. It’s also great for sharing information that I think might interest my contacts and for building networks and relationships.
However, one of the side effects of Twitter’s success is that is is increasingly becoming a channel for malware from which it seems poorly protected and which seem to catch people who I know to be tech savvy and generally well protected from such things.
Typically a get a tweet from someone I know like this:
“what exactly you’re doing in that video [link redacted]”
“[@ yourtwittername ]Is it you on photo? [link redacted]”
or simply a message with nothing in it but a link
Clicking on these links will at best take you to some unwanted advertising but are also likely to trigger malware which will attempt to similarly hijack your twitter account or otherwise infect your PC. Links to Facebook apps seem to be a particular problem.
The 140 character limit on twitter often forces the use of abbreviated URLs which mean you have no idea what their destination might be which makes it difficult to spot the problem.
So what can you do:
- Don’t click on links from people you don’t know – This is often the start. Be particular wary of tweets from people with no profile picture and few followers
- Don’t click on links that aren’t explained or don’t fit the context of your relationship with the tweeter – Is a business acquaintance likely to tweet you about personal photos?
- If in doubt ask the tweeter to confirm they posted the link.
- Don’t send tweets with links that aren’t explained.
- Be careful before accepting the option to “sign in with twitter/facebook/google” to new services. This may be easy but many services seem to grant themselves rights they don’t need when you do so opening up routes for infection.
- Make sure you have malware protection that will protect you if you do clink on an infected link.
If your account is compromised you will find advice at Twitter Support