Dealing with Direct Message Spam on Twitter

Posted on June 3rd, 2013

If you’re a Twitter user it’s likely you will have received a ‘Spam’ Direct Message or DM, either about weight loss or a large range of other subjects. If you’ve seen tweets from your account that you didn’t send, it’s likely your Twitter account has being compromised.

 

These are two examples of spam messages:

DM Spam 2
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DM Spam 1
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To resolve the issue it’s a fairly simple process. First we need to go to http://www.twitter.com, enter your username and password and click Sign In.

 

Twitter Login Screen
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Once you’ve signed into your Twitter account you need to click on the cog at the top right of the page.

 

Navigation Bar
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Settings Menu
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Once you’ve clicked on the cog you’ll see a dropdown menu simular to the one above. Left-click on Settings.

Twitter Settings Options
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From the menu on the left-hand side, you first need to click on Apps.

Twitter Applications
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Once you’ve clicked on Apps you need to go through the list of apps and click ‘Revoke Access’ in any apps you don’t recognise.

Twitter Settings Options
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Now you need to click on the Password tab from the menu on the left-hand side.

 

Updating Password
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Enter the password you currently use to access your twitter account, then pick a new one and click Save Changes. This will stop any dodgy or spam direct messages your account might have being sending on your behalf.

Tips for Picking a Secure Password

Picking a password can be tricky, so here are a few tips:

Don’t use the following passwords

  • 123456
  • abc123
  • monkey
  • qwerty
  • password
  • letmein

These are just a few examples of insecure passwords; any word that’s listed in a dictionary is not a safe password and could be easily guessed.

So to create a secure password, it’s a good idea to use a mixture of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols, and make sure all passwords are at least eight characters long (the longer the better).

As an example, if we take the word ‘Cumbria’ we can make it a bit more secure by mixing the letters up, and swapping numbers for letters. Often 3 is swapped for m, 1 is swapped for i, 7 for r, and A can be replaced by 4… giving you a secure password: C3RAR1B*64781U, which is Cumbria, with a symbol and some numbers also added.