Category Archives: Twitter Spam

TwitSweeper blocks Malware and Spam with new tool

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TwitSweeper — the leading software for detecting spam and malware in Twitter accounts — now detects malware, spam and phishing sites associated with certain shortened URLs. This is a growing problem as Twitter clients use Bit.ly, TinyURL and many other custom white-label shorteners like amzn.to, binged.it, cs.pn, huff.to, natpo.st, ning.it, nyti.ms, on.cnn.com, onion.com, oreil.ly, pep.si, rww.to, slidesha.re, tcrn.ch and yhoo.it, to name a few. Read More »

Is Twitter Winning the War on Spam? Our Stats Do Not Support this Assertion

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Frederic Lardinois’ article on March 23, 2010 refers to Twitter’s assertion that spam is not an issue. According to the latest data from Twitter, the percentage of spammy tweets per day is now down under 1%.

Here’s the issue. Our stats don’t support this assertion. Read More »

The Evils of Reciprocal Following on Twitter

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“Reciprocal following” is when you follow the people who follow you on Twitter. Sounds harmless, even nice. But don’t be fooled. Many problems are caused by this practice. Reciprocal following should be discontinued — here’s why. Read More »

Twitter Spam: Can You Block What You Can’t Define?

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We take twitter spam seriously around here. We often use words like spam, spammers and undesirables. And it always leads to the same question: “what is spam?” Read More »

Lots of Spam potential on Twitter (unless we stop it)

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Twitter is still in its infancy. The question is; could spam come to dominate Twitter to the same degree that spam overwhelms email traffic? I sure hope not. Read More »

Twitter Worm [Alert]

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Here at The Dustpan, we are striving to help you protect yourself from spammers. With Twitter becoming more and more popular everyday, spammers will try to weasel their way into our daily lives. Read More »

Real-Time Spam from Google Real-Time Search

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Google started including real-time search results from various social media sources (e.g. Twitter feed, Facebook fan pages, etc.) into its normal search results a few days ago. Outspoken Media began playing with the new feature and discovered some alarming results. Read More »

Bit.ly Fighting Spam, Scams & Malware

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Bit.ly, the popular URL-shortening service and the default shortener on Twitter, announced that it is enhancing its ability to detect spam, scams, phishing and malware in an effort to disable any such bit.ly shortened URLs. Read More »