If the people you follow on Twitter are anything like the ones I follow, the chances are you’ve had one or more direct messages recently reading something like this:
Hey.. somebody is saying real bad stuff about you ;/
[Followed by a link]
These are all fake messages. If you click the link a variety of bad things may be attempted, including sending on similar messages under your name to others and often also including things such as trying to infect your computer with a virus.
If you have, or think you may have, clicked on a dodgy link in a message like this, there are four remedial steps you should take: