Hey! Tweeters! Leave Them Links Alone! – Don’t Invite Twitter Trouble

Would you like to have your Twitter account hacked and spread malicious messages to all your Followers? I thought not! But you could be at risk of doing just that if your curiosity gets the better of you and you click on a link from an unknown source.

Twitter tips

There always seem to be people who like to make mischief and one way that’s done on Twitter is by spreading malicious links. You may have seen Direct Messages coming your way like those below.

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It’s natural to be curious but please resist clicking on this type of link as it could have potentially disastrous and embarrassing consequences for you. These type of messages probably emanate from a users account being hacked and may lead to the same happening to you and the malicious message being sent to all of your followers, not something which is going to endear you to people.

The malicious message can come in other forms too. In my early days on Twitter I (foolishly) clicked a link offering free iPads which had the same result, it was a hard lesson which I’m determined not to repeat and that I wanted to share with you.

So if you get any message with a link from an unknown source don’t whatever you do be tempted. Even if you get a message from someone you know with a link that looks a bit suspicious don’t click it before you have taken a moment to check with the source that it’s genuine, if it’s not they will be the first to thank you for letting them know.

So, with a nod to Pink Floyd, all that remains is to say

Hey! Tweeters! Leave them links alone!

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  • Great and very timely post. I only wish I had read it this morning, would have saved myself some grief. Mind you judging by all the DMs I’ve received today I’m not the only idiot out there.

    • So sorry you got caught Helen! I had 2 more such DM’s this morning, maybe they are becoming more prevalent again. If we all ignore them maybe they will stop.

      Many thanks for sharing the post, it’s important to get the word out there I think.

  • Praverb.net

    Great post Tony!

    I usually delete all DMs that come across like this haha. I also delete automatic requests as well.

    I would also like to warn people to stay away from the Glamour Bots on Twitter. They will follow you and you will be enticed to click a link haha. Do not do it!


    • Thanks for the kind comment Patrick – you are quite right about the tempting links, they are to be avoided at all costs!

      • Praverb.net

        Haha I almost became a victim to the Glamour Bots haha. When you start taking Guest Posts let me know. Have a blessed night.