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5 Ways to Keep Your Twitter Account Secure

Have you ever fallen victim to a hack attack on your Twitter account? This is one of the worst feelings in the world. You don’t know what they’re using your account for, or how they’re compromising relationships with your followers. The good news is it’s easy to keep your Twitter account secure. Most security tips involve using common sense and a bit of basic vigilance.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at five crucial steps you should take to keep your Twitter account secure:

#1 Create a Strong Password

Your password is the key that goes into the lock. The more complex the key the harder it is for someone to compromise your account. Make sure you avoid commonly known terms, such as names of TV shows and movies. Try to use a combination of letters and numbers. If you can add some symbols your password will become even harder to crack.

Ideally, you should look to change your password every six months. This will keep it fresh and ensure that any hackers working on your account will have to restart their efforts each time you change it.

#2 Login Verification

Twitter has a feature known as the ‘Login Verification’. This is a tool that sends you a short number sequence to your phone each time you login. To get past this step, you must enter the number sequence. This will make your account all but impregnable because you’ve added an extra step to the process. Even if someone guesses your password, they will have to steal your phone to get into your account.

#3 Be Wary of Phishing

Phishing emails remain one of the most common ways of stealing someone’s account. These emails will pose as Twitter and lead you to a page that looks very similar to the Twitter login screen. Once you type your information into one of these pages, it will log your password and then the hacker will have no problem accessing your account.

Here’s an easy way of telling if an email is genuine. Read the email and if it directs you to Twitter, access it through your browser bar. Don’t click on the link in the email. This way you can avoid phishing scams every single time.

#4 Third-Party Apps and Websites

Always stay away from suspicious third-party apps and websites. These can install keyloggers on your computer without your knowledge. They will record every keystroke you make and send it back to the hacker. Not only will they be able to find out your Twitter password, but they’ll also have no problem finding out your bank details and other social media passwords.

#5 Protect Your Phone

Most people will leave themselves logged in on Twitter on their phones. While you don’t have to worry about many of the threats posed by desktop computers, you still have to remain vigilant. Phone theft is incredibly common these days, so avoid being careless when carrying your phone around in public. You can also add passwords to your phone to make sure that even if your phone gets stolen the thieves can’t access it.

Some add-ons go further and even allow you to wipe your phone remotely if it gets stolen. Consider looking into these options, as well. They may require you pay a fee, but no thief will get a thing from your phone this way.

But the best way to protect your phone is to simply logout of Twitter each time you use it. It’s annoying to have to type your password in all the time, but it’s a step worth having because you never know who might be eyeing up your account.

Have you ever had your twitter account hacked? Were you using any of the methods mentioned above at the time? Your thoughts and comments below please...

 

 

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