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There are simple steps you can take to protect yourself online. Using a firewall and antivirus software, creating secure passwords, not leaving your devices unattended 5 Easy Tips That Would Protect You Against A Computer Hacker 5 Easy Tips That Would Protect You Against A Computer Hacker Over the past few decades, we’ve seen many technological advancements. In fact, the advancements have been so quick that even tech-savvy individuals can end up falling by the wayside. I speak from experience. There is... Read More ; these are all absolute musts. Beyond that it comes down to keeping up with the latest news about spam, scams, phishing attempts, hacks, and malware.

This is where the following list of security experts on Twitter comes into play. They’re all dedicated to delivering updates, news, blog posts, and opinion pieces designed to keep you, the average Web user, informed about the latest online security threats.

AVG Free @AVGFree

 

This is the official Twitter account for AVG Free, a high-ranking piece of antivirus software that is free to download and available for Windows. The feed links to highlighted posts from AVG blogs, which includes regular updates regarding current threats.

Eugene Kaspersky @e_kaspersky

 

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This is the Twitter account of Eugene Kaspersky, CEO and Chairman of the Kaspersky Lab, the developer of various security products, including Kaspersky Internet Security. Eugene is considered an expert in the field, and his Twitter feed is full of links to security news from around the world, sometimes with added commentary.

Avast! Antivirus @avast_antivirus

 

This is the official Twitter account for Avast!, an award-winning and immensely popular piece of antivirus software that is completely free and available on Windows from XP all the way up to Windows 8. The feed focuses on the latest security news, as well as updates regarding the Avast! software.

Graham Cluley @gcluley

 

This is the Twitter account of Graham Cluley, the editor of Naked Security at Sophos, a company responsible for a mix of free and paid security software. Naked Security is the newsroom at Sophos, delivering updates and advice on the latest happenings. Cluley also tweets other security-related links.

McAfee Inc. @McAfee

 

This is the official Twitter account for McAfee Security, a company dedicated to security solutions for computer users, both on a personal level and in the business world. The feed focuses on up-to-date security news, as well as updates directly related to McAfee products.

Mikko Hypponen @mikko

 

This is the Twitter account of Mikko Hypponen, the Chief Research Officer for F-Secure, a computer security company based in Finland. F-Secure offers a huge range of security products and services, and Hypponen has worked for the firm since 1991. His tweets flit between addressing security issues and personal news.

Symantec @symantec

 

This is the official Twitter account for Symantec, a company with a full complement of products designed to protect individual users and businesses when they connect to the Internet. The feed keeps followers updated on the latest happenings in the world of online security, as well as news related to Symantec products.

Jeremiah Grossman @jeremiahg

 

This is the Twitter account of Jeremiah Grossman, who is the Founder & CTO of WhiteHat Security, an Internet security expert, and public speaker on the subject. He tweets links to news updates about security issues, and personal views on the things happening in this space.

SANS ISC @sans_isc

 

This is the official Twitter account for SANS ISC, which is the Internet Storm Center at the SANS Institute. Their job is to monitor the levels of malicious activity taking place on the InterWebs, and the feed links to the daily updates reporting on these levels as well as other news we should all be aware of.

Schneier Blog @schneierblog

 

This is the Twitter account of Bruce Schneier, an Internet security guru who has written several bestselling books on the subject. This feed auto-posts all of the blog content written by Schneier, which, as a whole, gives a detailed overview of the security issues the world faces.

Conclusions

My advice to those of you on Twitter — and you really should be using Twitter 7 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Twitter 7 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Twitter Twitter has now been with us for seven years and counting. This was seven years to the day since Jack Dorsey sent out the first tweet in 2006, at a time when the micro-blogging social... Read More by now — is to follow these 10 accounts immediately and to start paying attention to what they’re tweeting. The trends, tips, and tricks they report could save you from suffering a security nightmare in the future, or help you recover from one you have already suffered.

Are there any other Twitter users you’d recommend everybody followed in order to keep on top of online security threats? Do you find any of those on this list particularly useful? What do you think of the need to stay secure online overall? Are the threats overplayed or is it a problem that is only going to get worse?

As always we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  1. Faizan Ali
    May 16, 2013 at 7:49 am

    I would Like to Suggest two more:
    1: bestvpnservice.com @bestvpnservice
    2: Security Affairs @securityaffairs
    They Update on the latest happenings which are going on in the tech world regarding cyber attacks. Plus I believe that VPNs are something which can get us through censorships.
    just an opinion :)

  2. dragonmouth
    May 15, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    "My advice to those of you on Twitter — and you really should be using Twitter by now — is to follow these 10 accounts immediately and to start paying attention to what they’re tweeting. "

    Let me get this straight. In order to find out how to secure my Twitter account, I have create one first so I can follow some security experts telling me how to secure it. Sounds counter-intuitive. Wouldn't be much simpler to just NOT have a Twitter account? Then I wouldn't have to worry about its security. /grin/

    • Dave Parrack
      May 15, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      No, because these are computer security experts, not Twitter security experts. Good luck learning about the latest Internet security threats without checking the Internet.

      • dragonmouth
        May 15, 2013 at 10:30 pm

        I've been reading those guys for years, without a Twitter account.

        • Dave Parrack
          May 15, 2013 at 11:40 pm

          Good for you. So this article isn't of use to you, but it's of use to others. And the point of the original comment was?

  3. macwitty
    May 15, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Nice list, thanks for putting together most important people.

    But no thanks, I will not follow all ten. ;)
    I have add to the other tech people I follow. Honestly, for me 10 people posting about all sorts of danger would be as a flood which could wash away the message. I stay with one who i hope I'll pay attention to

    • Dave Parrack
      May 15, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      That isn't a bad plan, to be honest. If these were the only 10 people you followed on Twitter then you'd probably think the world was caving in on itself.

  4. MrViC1
    May 15, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Nice list of follows to add, thanks!

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