If use Twitter at all, you’ve probably experienced getting a Direct Message from someone who follows you that seems completely out of character. Perhaps the message says that someone is saying terrible things about you or posted a terrible picture of you–something that’s pretty believable in a universe that includes Facebook. And so you can see how terrible it is, the message includes a shortened link.
This link almost inevitably leads to something you don’t want–a phishing scam or a malicious page.
There’s one way to avoid this problem complete: Don’t click on links people send you via Direct Messages on Twitter.
But is there a larger message here, something that extends beyond Twitter? Sure!
Don’t click on that link in an email from your “bank.” Don’t click on that link on Facebook that promises an outrageous video. Don’t click on that link that screams “FREE!” In this era of shortened and spoofed URLs, you can’t be sure where any link will take you.,
It’s always best to go directly to your bank or financial institution’s site or Google for videos or images related to the hottest scandal. Nothing is a hundred percent reliable but you’re adding a layer of protection.
If you really must click on a questionable link, check it with our free Browsing Protection first.