Fight back against Hackers – Secure your account
With large Twitter accounts having signficant monetary value, hackers have found numerous ways to compromise accounts and change the ownership details. While you can report such activity to Twitter, it’s often a lengthy process that would be easier to avoid. In this article today, we will be sharing a few ways that you can lock your account down and expotentially increase the security on your Twitter profile.
Enable 2 Step Verification
The most important factor in securing your account is enabling two step verification. This will make your account virtually ‘unhackable’ as access to your mobile phone is required to gain entry. Essentially, every time you log into your Twitter account, you will have to enter your password followed by a code that is sent to your phone. If you have a large Twitter presence, or a profile for your business, we would HIGHLY recommend that you take full advantage of this security feature. To enable this, you will firstly have to confirm the email address associated with your Twitter account. Then visit your settings interface by clicking your profile picture in the top right of your screen and select ‘Settings‘ from the dropdown. Once you’re here, check the box that says ‘Verify Log In Requests‘ – you will then have to enter your phone number and confirm your access to this number by entering a code. After that, cilck ‘Save Changes‘ at the bottom of the page and you’re good to go!
Revoking Access to Third Party Applications
If you’ve noticed any suspicious activity coming from your Twitter account, you will want to revoke access to any third party softwares that may have privileges to perform certain actions. To do this, you’ll need to again visit your settings tab select on the ‘Apps‘ tab. From here you will be shown all the applications that can change your account settings, simply click ‘Revoke Access‘ on all of them to ensure full control of your account. While some applications may seem trustworthy, they can either register under a fake name or the app themselves can even be compromised. Hackers sometimes use third party apps to break the security of your account and then enter that way.
Beware of Short Links
URL shorteners such as Bit.ly are a great way to track clicks on a link, however they can be used to disguise malicious links. While URL shortening companies have tried their best to eliminate as much of this as possible, deceptive links still slide through the net occasionally. Our advice would be to simply not click on shortened links, you can never be too careful. There have been incidents where users have clicked a link, then software has been downloaded automatically which caused them to lose access to their computer – it was being controlled by another user remotely. Not only is this a risk to your Twitter account, but it also poses other serious threats such as hackers receiving your PayPal information, personal information and much more.
Have a secure Password
Okay we get it, every article on security in the world includes a snippet about ensuring you have a secure password – but it’s true. While there are websites out there such as Password Generator, we recommend you create a password for yourself that is completely original. Take out a pen and piece of paper, then simply write down a bunch of random letters and numbers and cram them together. This will stop ‘password cracking’ which is essentially when a hacker uses software to repeatedly guess a password. If the password is easy to crack, then the hacker has complete access to your account.
That’s the main ways to keep your Twitter account safe, by implementing a few security measures. Remember to use as many authorization methods as possible if you want to maintain access to your account and always use legitimate email accounts and phone numbers, that you have full control over. Stay safe and continue to grow your Twitter account!