Recently, twitter has become a favorite places for evil hackers. Someone follows you and you simply follow back just because they follow you. Then you get a direct message like, "hey check out who is stalking you on Twitter, visit http://t.co/q4wjuZB install app, works great". If you simply click without a second thought, your account is now compromised !
Yes, there are many such tricks, which bots [yes, they are not actually people, but automated programs] use to exploit your twitter accounts. Link shortners are their weapons. Sometimes, someone unknown tweet you with a link. But that link actually allow the bot to access cookies stored in your browser ! That is really dangerous because, not only your twiiter account, but all the websites you might have visited like, facebook, tumblr,yahoomail, gmail, ect would be hacked !
Some of the most used tweets to trick you are listed below. [Few are harmless, but useless and just spam].
> Wow, getting TONS of followers from this program. Can't believe it, check it out http://bity.me/7Ni
> Become your own boss, work from home, part-time -- http://ez.cm/XWkUub
> I made $800 yesterday from pc, check out how http://crod.cz/2h quiting my job now lol
> hey check out who is stalking you on Twitter, visit http://krul.rs/cb install app, works great [Dangerous !!]
> i got cheap medication online without a prescription...http://tinyurl.com/5slk8kr
> http://bit.ly/nC0mcy [extremely dangerous !! This links to http://redirect.php/?cookies=true , that is to cookies in your browser ! It simply then redirects to a website named http://chroniccomissions.com/indext1.php and you never come to know about stolen cookies of your browser !!]
> OMFG! I just received a F R E E iPhone 4 from JUST submitting my email! Go to this site for yours: http://bity.me/3BO [ These kind of links normally take you to porn related websites !]
> I just received a F R E E MacBookPro from this site! Get yours here: http://twtr.me/17g :P
Avoid clicking on such links, if you encounter any. If someone tweet you and have no followers and followings, they are bots and block such accounts. Click only on the links tweeted by someone you trust and before clicking, hover your mouse cursor on the link to see where it redirects. If it just show the same link, click at your own risk !
If you get such Direct Messages or tweets, even from your friends, think your friend's account has been compromised ! So inform them about this before fighting with them. If your account is compromised but still have access to your account, change your password. If you have lost the access, create a new profile and report the old account as spam.[This has to be done at the expense of losing your followers !]
Prevention is better than cure. So be careful before clicking on such links. Be safe, be happy :)