I woke up this morning and, as usual, I checked my emails for payments, new orders and clients’ concerns. I also check new messages on Skype and the thread of conversation on some private mastermind groups on Skype. You see, business does not wait for me and it’s being talked about even when I am asleep. One of the members shared the news that his Twitter account was hacked. For all we know, Twitter has 200 million active users.
Your Twitter Account Might Have Been Hacked
Today, Bob Lord, Twitter’s Information Security Officer, announced that 250,000 Twitter users were hacked, which includes usernames, passwords, and emails. Mr. Lord says, “This attack was not the work of amateurs, and we do not believe it was an isolated incident.” Although he did not mention he initiated the attack, he added: “The attackers were extremely sophisticated, and we believe other companies and organizations have also been recently similarly attacked.”
Will the Hacker Make Money From My Twitter’s Email Address?
To a newbie on Internet Marketing or to someone who has just soaked his one foot into the waters of Internet Marketing not so long ago, this news may be irrelevant. But to me, this is indeed newsworthy. An “email” is equivalent to “traffic.” Traffic is money.
What Do I Mean by “Traffic Is Money?”
One of my fellow Internet Marketers once shared a story. When he was still an employee and it so happened that they needed to pay monthly bills, he didn’t know where, how and to whom he shall get or borrow some money to his co-workers, boss or relatives. Today, he still has the same monthly bills to pay. But when his wife tells him, “Honey, we need to pay some bills tomorrow,” his response is always, “Okay, honey, give me 5 minutes. I’ll just send an email to our clients.”
Oh, I see myself in that story of my fellow Internet Marketer. By the way, for the non-Internet Marketers, let me complete the jigsaw puzzle. I am a service provider. I provide website design, graphic design, content writing and virtual assistance services. Every time I have a promo or every time I want to touch-base with my clients, I send them an email. If it’s an announcement about an on-going promo, I can expect some PayPal payment receipts in my inbox when I wake up.
Twitter announced that they have sent notification emails to those with affected accounts. In addition, Graham Cluley, an Internet Security Specialist, warns Twitter’s announcement that it can invite spam or phishing emails.
Jaycee De Guzman’s Resolution
I once worked as a computer security specialist. If you received an unsolicited, unexpected and suspicious Direct Message (DM) from someone and it has an unidentified link, don’t click that link. If you received an email that asks you to reset your Twitter account’s password, login directly to https://twitter.com instead of clicking the link on the email. When you type in “www.twitter.com” in your browser’s address bar, it’ll automatically add “https://” at the beginning of “www.twitter.com,” making it “https://www.twitter.com.” I don’t want to talk about technicalities of that “https” but follow that advice. If you’re one of those 250,000 hacked Twitter accounts, Twitter has already set your Twitter account to ask you to reset your password when you try to login. So, be cautious with DMs and emails.
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