I woke up this morning to an unwelcome message from Twitter sent at 3h00 am –
New login to Twitter from Chrome on Windows
from somewhere in Arizona…
Anyone who knows me knows how weird those 2 variables are in my context.
It asked me to reset my password but I was asleep at the time so Twitter locked my account. The first thing I did on waking was change my password and check what tweets were sent by the hackers – one tweet with a Rayban advertisement and a whole bunch of offensive direct messages.
I’m careful about my security settings and having a strong password. I have antivirus on my computer. Evidently not enough. I’m thinking that it was a randomised en-masse brute force attack. The hackers probably do that to see who notices and secures their account and continue hacking those that don’t.
If this has happened or to prevent from happening to you check all your Twitter settings, security and other, including:
Send out an apology to all your followers – if they know you they will know the tweets didn’t come from you, but it’s a good thing to do in any event
Use a passphrase, a long one preferably, instead of a short password, even with special characters – build those into your passphrase
Revoke access to all 3rd party apps – you can always reenable those you use the most; often some are old and no longer in use
Check your widgets
Check your direct messages and delete the offensive ones
Texture – a simple word that describes complex human experience. Note: artistic or writer’s license has been liberally used in the crafting of this post.
The visual , the look of something, its characteristic, like smooth water.
The auditory – the sound of something, like a piece of music, how music feels to the ear – melodious, heavy or discordant, like the sounds of waves crashing on the beach and the elevated voices of people playing in the surf.
The kinaesthetic – how something feels like when you run your hand over the surface, like stroking the soft fur of a cat or walking over rough rocks.
The olfactory – how something smells like the floral or exotic texture of a perfume and the smell of the African bush.
The gustatory – rubbery oysters, a silky créme caramel or a crunchy cookie.
Entered in Cee’s Black & White photo challenge with the theme of Texture.