ALERT: false “followers”

I have received numerous e-mails in the last week informing me of a “new follower” to this blog. They all come from the same domain (outlook.com), arrive frequently, and bear names that made me suspicious – e.g. gabalanzvnaliciaqz – and deterred me from clicking on the link of the “name” to see who my “new follower” was.

I do not know what lies behind these computer-generated false identities, but I know not to explore them, at a time when one foolish click can cause malware to download invisibly to your computer.

I have also noticed that the counter on my main blog page says I have a suspiciously large number of followers. Check out “wordpress.com/people/e-mail followers” to see if any suspicious names appear; you can delete them from there. But I suggest you DO NOT click on these “names” to see who is now following your blog!

This may all be nothing, but could also be something bad. I don’t want to spoil your day, but take a look at your “e-mail followers” list!

Good wishes to all my real WP friends!

Peter

 

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2 comments on “ALERT: false “followers”

  1. Thank you! I found 9 right away and ‘removed’ them. I’m not sure how to get to the other pages to see if there are others. I’m having a problem with photos. I am getting pages of code that attaches itself to the photo, and I have to make sure I check every post so I can delete it. If only I had more technical skills maybe I could make quick work of it. Thank you again for the info. 🙂

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  2. cindy knoke says:

    Yes. I received these for awhile and then they stopped. Last time I checked, which hasn’t been for awhile, you couldn’t stop someone from following you, but you can blacklist people who bother you with comments.

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