be careful when you click links at Twitter

A lot of our follow Twitter users have been affected by a malicious worm recently. The worm is said to auto tweet and sends its victims to a link that’s linked to a rogue antivirus application.

A word of advice to fellow online web surfers:

Before following any links on Twitter, make sure that they don’t have the word “Goo.gl” in its URL. Often times, people read “Goo.gl” as ‘Google”, which causes them to set their own foot on fire. As much as shortened URL’s on Twitter are a great way of dealing with the character limit, users have no clue as to where they’ll end up after clicking the said link(s).

I always hover the mouse pointer over any link in any tweet. It’s something I do to reduce the possibilities of getting struck by an online lightning bolt. According to a recent post by Graham Cluley of Sophos, it was said that thousands of Twitter users have reported that their accounts have been tweeting on their own.

These tweets don’t require user consent, which makes it easier for the worm to encourage its users to click on a fake antivirus link. The URL points to “m28sx.html”, so be careful while you’re having fin on Twitter.

In order to avoid all these hassles, download TweetDeck”. It’s a small program that reveals the complete URL info of the link that you’re about to click.