Staying Safe & Secure on Twitter

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Presentation I gave at the CoolTwitter Conference in Cleveland, Ohio August 7, 2009. I talked about the top 5 1/2 threats to Twitter and ways you can use it safely. Yes, there are more then 5 1/2 …

Presentation I gave at the CoolTwitter Conference in Cleveland, Ohio August 7, 2009. I talked about the top 5 1/2 threats to Twitter and ways you can use it safely. Yes, there are more then 5 1/2 issues but I only had 15 minutes! :-)

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  • 1. Staying Safe & Secure on Twitter Tom Eston SocialMediaSecurity.com
  • 2. Who is this guy? • Tom Eston, Security Researcher • Blog: Spylogic.net • Podcast: Securityjustice.com • SocialMediaSecurity.com @socialmediasec • Twitter: @agent0x0
  • 3. 5 1/2 Twitter Threats
  • 4. Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS)
  • 5. Short URL Services
  • 6. Third-Party Services
  • 7. Web Vulnerabilities • XSS (Cross Site Scripting) • ClickJacking • Third-Party Applications (Twitpic, BrightKite)
  • 8. Impersonation & Disinformation • Fake accounts (Celebrity) • Do you trust what you read? • Fake Re- Tweets • SPAM
  • 9. The employees at Twitter...srsly. • Two high profile attacks already! • Don’t use real information for password reset questions! • Same passwords for all accounts = FAIL
  • 10. How can you stay safe?
  • 11. #1 #2
  • 12. NoScript • Protects you from malicious JavaScript • Prevents XSS/ClickJacking • Kills unwanted ads..improved speed! • http://noscript.net
  • 13. Use a Third Party Client • Safer then using the Twitter web client • Some have issues with clear text authentication...but...
  • 14. Long URL Please Add-on • Shows you true URL • 73+ services supported • LongURLPlease.com
  • 15. Use a Password Manager • KeePass • 1Password (iPhone) keepass.info • Or...think of a password scheme (C0mp1exP@assw0rd _Tw1tter) • If one account gets compromised...others are safe!
  • 16. Careful what you believe, trust but verify... • Even Tweets from your friends! What if their account was compromised? (Koobface) • News sources can be sketchy...
  • 17. Careful what you tweet... Everyone is watching.
  • 18. Monitor your brand It’s your reputation at risk.
  • 19. Twitter needs to take security srsly... No really.
  • 20. Questions? More information available at: SocialMediaSecurity.com Email: tom@socalmediasecurity.com Twitter: @agent0x0 or @socialmediasec