My Simple Advice to Protect Your Twitter Reputation

Okay, this is wrong on so many levels: another hacked Twitter account.

Since the Twitter spam seems to be getting out of control, here are a few basic rules:

  1. Don’t have a s***ty password.
  2. Change your password occasionally.
  3. Don’t click on suspicious links.
  4. Don’t enter your password after clicking a link.
  5. No, it WASN’T you.
  6. No, he’s NOT 24, female OR horny.
  7. No, you DON’T look funny.
  8. No, you WON’T perform better by clicking a link.

These are basic rules, people. Don’t ignore them.

With apologies to the first poor bastard among my Twitter friends whose account got hacked and ended up in my Flickr (and now my blog) feed. If you recognize him despite the bar/blur, let me just say that his other tweets and DMs are spectacular and he now practices safe tweeting I’m sure. 🙂

Todd Van Hoosear

About Todd Van Hoosear

Todd’s love of technology started as a child, when his dad would bring home chips and switches from his work in the electronics industry that would feed his imagination for years. Combining a stint as an IT guy with his education in PR and communication, Todd has helped clients in the engineering, mobile, cloud, networking, consumer technology and consulting spaces bring new ideas – and new takes on old ideas – to the market.

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  1. These are the same rules that we learned years ago when we used email. Now we have to learn them all over again for Twitter. It’s just another electronic social medium – not to be confused with reality.

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