How to keep your Twitter account safe

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TwitterIf recent security breaches have you wondering just how safe your Twitter account is, then you need to think about protecting your Twitter feed the same way you do for any other online account, advises Hayley Tsukayama, The Washington Post. She says the first step is to use a unique, strong pass­­word. And don’t use the same one for all your online accounts.

“Another important step: Be on the lookout for odd emails,” Tsukayama says. If it’s legit, you should see twitter.com in the address bar. If not, delete it. And if you get an email from Twitter that says your account has been hacked, immediately delete the email and change your password.

If you feel extra protection is necessary to keep those tweets safe, Katie Gatto, TechNewsDaily, offers eight tips on how to stay safe on Twitter:

  1. Forget about putting personal information on Twitter.
  2. Take a look at what’s on your account when you’re not signed in. This is the information that’s available to the public. If you don’t like what’s there, sign in, go to Settings, click the icon at the top right, select Profile and adjust it accordingly.
  3. Change your account to private, which allows only followers whom you approve to read your tweets. Go to Settings, select Account, Twitter privacy and then Protect my Tweets.
  4. Revoke access from unknown apps you don’t use anymore. Twitter lets both computers and mobile devices access your feed, so delete any old ones. Go to Settings, then select Apps.
  5. Make secure browsing your default mode. Go to Account, HTTPS only and check Always use HTTPS.
  6. Watch out for unknown links. Those shortened URLs conceal a website’s true destination, so only tweet them to your followers if you know where each one goes.
  7. Don’t give away your location. You don’t want malicious people knowing your whereabouts. Also, turn off the location services on your smartphone. Third-party apps can broadcast where you are.
  8. Keep direct messages to strangers simple. Don’t divulge personal data or your location.

Twitter is currently testing two-factor authentication, and plans to roll it out to users soon, according to a report from Wired.

— Adapted from “How to protect your ­Twitter feed: the same way you do for any online account,” Hayley Tsukayama, The Washington Post; “10 Tips for Staying Safe on Twitter,” Katie Gatto, TechNewsDaily.

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