Jack Dorsey twitter simswap

This article from the BBC today https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-49513692 talks about how the CEO of twitter Jack Dorsey was a victim of a sim swap attack recently where someone “tricked” a phone provider into transferring the phone number associated with Jacks account onto a different SIM which they control.

“trick” is in quotes as it could just as easily been done by paying the phone company operator to turn a blind eye and no tricks were needed. The attacker then proceeded to tweet some offensive and embarrassing things.

The interesting thing isn’t that a sim swap happened (they seem to be at almost epidemic levels currently), but that twitter doesn’t have some sort of extra controls for high level accounts which could minimise the damage caused by an account take over.

Perhaps they could look at implementing some sort of account feature which signifies that you have a “corporate” or “professional” account and automatically blocks any tweets containing offensive or rude words, or restricts tweets to only come out during predefined business hours.

if the feature also had a mandatory 24-48 hour delay between turning it off/on it would serve as a simple buffer to prevent a drunken disgruntled employee with access to a corporate account logging in at 2am and posting something offensive

It would also have made it slightly harder for whoever took over Jacks account to cause as much offence.


ID tag - tagged photos

Untagging your tagged photos on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

With the popularity of camera phones in recent years its very likely that anything you do on a night out with friends gets documented by someone else in either a photo or a video. Whilst your drunken dancing might be funny at the time and entertain all your friends it might not make you look like a good candidate for a job in the future (unless that job is a sloppy backup dancer).

If friends have uploaded the photos and tagged you in them it makes an interviewers life much easier when they search for your name to see what comes up.

The social sites don’t always make it obvious how to remove your tag from something so heres a how-to guide for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

How to Untag yourself from a photo on Facebook

  1. Log into Facebook and visit your activity log (little triangle in the top right corner).
    Facebook activity log

    2. Select “photos”, then browse the results and check any media you want to untag yourself from.

    how to untag yourself from facebook photos
    how to untag yourself from facebook photos

    3. Select “Report/Remove Tags”.

    4.Select “I want the photo untagged” and then”Untag photos”.

    Remove tag from facebook photo
    Remove tag from facebook photo

    How to untag yourself from an Instagram photo

Untagging yourself in Instagram is slightly more hassle as you need to be logged into the app on your phone or tablet, you cannot do it from their website.

  1. Open the app and go to your page by selecting the head and shoulders icon.
    Instagram head and shoulders icon

    2. Select the clipboard in the top right.

    Instagram clipboard Icon

    3. This should bring up a page with all the photos you have been tagged in, Browse through them and tap on the one you would like to remove yourself from.

    4.Select the 3 dots near the bottom of the photo.

    3 dots, instagram untag
    3 dots, instagram untag

    5. Select “photo options” and then “Hide from profile”.

Note: This doesnt remove the tag from the picture but it does remove it from your profile so people will have a harder time searching for it.

How to remove tagged photo from twitter

Now that twitter is about more than just 140 characters you might find yourself tagged in a tweeted photo. Praise goes to the twitter devs for making this one of the easiest sites to untag yourself from

  1. Log into your twitter account and navigate to the photo you are tagged in.
  2. Select the 3 dots at the bottom of the photo and select “Remove my tag from photo”.
    Remove yourself from tagged twitter photo

    Note:This doesn’t remove the photo, it just removes your tag which makes it more difficult for people to find it associated with your account.