Robert Siciliano Identity Theft Expert

I’m getting “Direct Messages” to my email inbox, from “followers” who are sending me a Phish. I’m sure their accounts have been hacked which is why the messages are coming from them.

The messages says “ROFL this you? www.shorturl..”

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The short url takes you to a login in page looking like Twitters login page. The url in the address bar is /videos.twitter.zoltykatalogfirm/ which you shouldn’t click.

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The only way your account will get jacked is if you enter your account info. Spread the word. RT this.

How to protect yourself:

1. Don’t just click on any link no matter where it’s coming from. Attackers understand a person is more likely to click a link from someone they know, like and trust. If someone direct messages you requesting you click something, their account may be in control of a criminal.

2. Before you click on shortened URLs, find out where they lead by pasting them into a URL lengthening service like TinyURL Decoder or Untiny.

3. Install McAfee anti-virus protection and keep it updated.

4. Change up your passwords. Don’t use the same passwords for social media as you do for financial accounts.

5. Get a credit freeze. Go to ConsumersUnion.org and follow the steps for your particular state. This is an absolutely necessary tool to secure your credit. In most cases, it prevents new accounts from being opened in your name. This makes your Social Security number useless to a potential identity thief.

6. Invest in Intelius identity theft protection and prevention. Not all forms of identity theft protection can be prevented, but identity theft protection services can dramatically reduce your risk. “Disclosures”

Robert Siciliano identity theft speaker discussing hacked accounts on Fox News

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