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I seem to have set up another Twitter account... - Helen's journal and online home
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I seem to have set up another Twitter account...
I've tried Twitter three times before and abandoned it each time. However, today I discovered that a Russian person or persons had recently (as in a couple of weeks ago) set up an account using MY email address and it had over 1200 followers and was following hundreds of people. All in Russian.

Sigh...

I wasted far too much time trying to reclaim that account, before doing what I should have done in the first place, namely set up a disposable Gmail account, changed the email address connected with the spam Twitter account to the disposable one and then deactivating it.

However, to prevent it happening again, I've set up my own Twitter account using my email address in the hope that that will prevent anyone else using that address again. I've had people try to set up Twitter accounts before using my Gmail address, but I've always had a notification asking me to confirm the address before the account is set up. This time Gmail had helpfully sent all messages in Russian to the spam folder, so either I missed it or the spammers had somehow hacked the system so the confirmation email wasn't sent.

Anyway, I've always found Twitter to be a total timesink in the past so it remains to be seen whether I will actually use it. But I will be watching it like a hawk for dodgy activity!

Current Mood: pissed off peeved

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grey853 From: grey853 Date: October 24th, 2016 05:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've avoided Twitter. I think I already spend way too much time online these days.

Good luck in avoiding the dodgy activity.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: October 28th, 2016 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
The new account seems secure and anyone trying to log in with my email address will get nowhere because the will need the code that will be sent to my phone! There doesn't seem to be any activity on the account I deactivated either. I hope it stays that way, though it's not too important as it's no longer associated with my email address.
kaishin108 From: kaishin108 Date: October 25th, 2016 01:47 am (UTC) (Link)
That is terrible, I am so sorry!

I am on twitter; @mystikaishin108

I use it to find news article and re-tweet some stuff. But it seems there are a LOT of Trump follower - Neo-Nazi types there, ugh!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: October 28th, 2016 02:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
The new account seems secure and anyone trying to log in with my email address will get nowhere because they will need the code that will be sent to my phone!

I have followed a few accounts that tweet local news, but to be honest I find Twitter too "busy", even if you avoid the nasty people and trolls. I very much doubt that I will use it.
ellarien From: ellarien Date: October 25th, 2016 10:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I find Twitter handy for travel updates and the like, but lately (maybe because every other tweet is a picture or animation and most of the rest are links to ad- and picture-heavy news articles) it seems to be eating half my meagre data allowance, so I may have to get out of the habit of using it as a distraction on public transport, or radically trim the number of accounts I follow. I wish they had more nuanced privacy controls -- I set my account to protected soon after I opened it to fend off the bots, but that means I can only talk to people who ask to follow me, so mostly I don't bother.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: October 28th, 2016 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Following your tip, I have set the new account to protected.

I have followed a few accounts that tweet local news, but to be honest I find Twitter too "busy", even if you avoid the nasty people and trolls. I very much doubt that I will use it.
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