This isn’t the first time hacking has happened on the social media megasite but it is the first time it’s hit so close to my own boards. I started noticing an influx of pyramid schemes being posted in the past few weeks and although I found the marketing distasteful I didn’t realize the full extent of was happening until today when I saw the pin pop up in two unlikely places. One was from my sisters account who hasn’t used Pinterest in months. That was when the light bulb finally went off and I realized it wasn’t just sneaky spam but hacking.
This post was from one of the earlier hacks in March but do you notice the note he added to the top? Click on the picture to read the entire post.
Signs you’ve been hacked
- Boards are appearing you didn’t make
- Even after you delete links (whether it is to a fake money making scheme or not) they reappear
- *New* Your Pinterest is spamming your Twitter & Facebook. 1
What you can do
- Delete the pin & board
- Change your password
- Contact Pinterest
- Here is their Account Security section
- If you see it in your stream you can report it as spam 2
- Check your boards often since some are saying they keep reappearing
- BeCAREful when repinning
- Check the original source to find out what really is being pinned
Here’s an example of one woman’s Pinterest and how quickly it spreads!
I haven’t seen anything on Pinterest’s blog but I’ll post an update if they do. Otherwise Happy Pinning!