February 4, 2011

Twitter PSA

I have a bit of a PSA here.  If you get crazy DMs (Direct Messages) or @replys from someone that you are following – let them know about it! (And most importantly – don’t click on any links that might be included!)

Last month, my public account got targeted (and to this day I am not sure how or why) and was sending out crazy DMs to pretty much everyone I follow (600+) about Apple beta testing and iPhones. Not a single person wrote me to let me know this was going on!  Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it) my account also spammed my private account so as soon as I saw it I knew to go in and change my password and hope for the best.

Even before this has happened to me, I had made it a point to contact whoever sends me crazy DMs.  It helps me out because the sooner they know about it, the sooner they can do something about it which will reduce my risk of being sent the same crap DMs over and over again. And it helps them out because chances are – no one else has told them about it yet.

All you need to do is send a simple “your account is sending spam DMs – you might want to change your password”.  9 times out of 10 the person will be thankful – you’ll either get a “Thanks I didn’t know! Changing my password right now!” response or a “Sorry! I changed my password hope that does the trick” type response.  Every now and then you get the “NO IT IS NOT!” reply.  I find usually when people are this defensive, it is best to just remove them from your friends.  It is often hard to convince them.  Some of the viruses are sneaky, and there will be no evidence of any sent DMs on the account.  The one I was hit with, I had all the DMs in my sent area.

It took me days to delete my sent DMs.  Every now and then I go back and check and it seems like more have popped up (though all are with the mid-January date so I am hoping it is not an ongoing issue still) And the more DMs I deleted, the more shocked I became at just how many people got contacted and how many people said nothing about it!

Rock N roll Fridays – Metal Bands

1. Black Sabbath: Iron Man “Is he alive or dead, has he thoughts within his head? We’ll just pass him there. Why should we even care?”
Do you believe in Dr Kevorkian’s concept of “mercy killing” ?
No comment.

2. Led Zeppelin: Rock n Roll “It’s been a long time since I rock n rolled, it’s been a long time since I did the stroll”
What have you not done in a long time that you would like to do again?
Go on a roller coaster

3. AC/DC: You Shook Me All Night Long “Cause the walls start shaking, the earth was quaking, my mind was aching and we were making it…”
Have you ever been in an earthquake?

4. Jimi Hendrix: Purple Haze “Purple haze all around. Don’t know if I’m up or down. Am I happy or in misery? Whatever it is, that girl put a spell on me”
Do you believe people can put spells on other people?

5. Metallica: Enter Sandman ”Something’s wrong, shut the light. Heavy thoughts tonight. And they aren’t of snow white…”
What most recent thoughts kept you from falling asleep?
Stressing over not having a job

6. Judas Priest: You’ve Got Another Thing Coming “One life I’m gonna live it up, I’m takin flight, I said I’ll never get enough. Stand tall, I’m young and kinda proud…”
What did you think you would do as a grown up that never happened?
I thought I would be a ballerina. I’m not even close lol

7. Motorhead: Ace of Spades “You win some you lose some, it’s all the same for me. The pleasure is to play…”
Do you play the lottery / scratch tickets?

8. Iron Maiden: The Number of the Beast “Woe to you o’ earth and sea. For the devil sends the beast with wrath, because he knows that time is short…”
Do you believe the earth is headed down a catastrophic path with severe weather and climate changes, or is this just a passing phase?
I’m not really sure.

9. Slayer: Angel of Death “Auschwitz; the meaning of pain. The way that I want you to die. Slow death, immense decay…”
Should the USA continue to try to help change nations who have inhumane laws?
I think the USA should help the USA first.

10. Spinal Tap: Stonehenge “In ancient times, hundreds of years before the dawn of history, lived a strange race of people…the Druids”
What ancient civilization do you like the best?
I’m not big on History, so I don’t really know of any civilizations off hand to be able to pick one.

11. Kiss: Rock n Roll All Night “You keep sayin you’ll be mine for awhile. You’re lookin fancy and I like your style…”
Ever date or hang out with someone just because of the way they look?
LOL yes, but then we became real friends beyond the looks!

12. Uriah Heep: The Wizard “Why don’t we listen to the voices in our hearts, cause then I know we’d find we’re not so far apart”…
Do you believe we could ever find one government style (democratic, socialist, etc) that suits everybody in the world?
Nope. That would be boring.

13. Dio: Rainbow In the Dark “There’s no sign of the morning coming, you’ve been left on your own. Like a rainbow in the dark.”
Ever been stood up when you were meeting someone?

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