Let’s talk about Twitter
Honestly? It sucks if you put a lot of work into building a following on Twitter (which is not exactly easy nowadays) just to find out that you can’t log into your account anymore. Or that it was locked. Or that you are suddenly following a lot of new, unknown people. All of those are signs, that your Twitter account has been hacked, by the way. But how can you prevent it?
1. Choose a safe password
Yes, it sounds like a no brainer. It is basically THE thing to do. And yet we see articles and statistics like this one every other day! To help you make your password more secure we have some easy to follow tips ready for you, so check them out:
- Use a unique password for each of your accounts. When a website gets hacked one of the first things bad guys do is checking out if your username/email-address/password combination works on other (high-profile) pages.
- Your password should consist of at least eight characters. It should include upper- and lower-cases, numbers, and special characters.
- Try and create passwords that can’t be found in a dictionary. Hackers nowadays have programs that cycle through dictionaries to check if they can access your account.
- Don’t use character strings like 12345, abcde, qweertyui, etc.
- Use passwords that can’t be associated with you: Your dog’s name, birthday dates of family members or yourself or your favorite sport are a no go.
2. Use Twitters login verification
While a secure password is a good start, Twitter offers you one more layer of protection for your account. It works like most two factor authentication systems out there: Every time you want to log into your account you will be sent a text message with a six-digit login code. You’ll need both – your password and the code – to access your account.
In order to activate the login verification, go to your Twitter settings, click on “Security and privacy settings” and make sure the “Verify login requests” checkbox is checked. Safe and follow the on screen instructions from there on.
3. Don’t go phishing
Let’s make one thing clear from the beginning: Twitter will never ask you for your username and password. It just won’t happen. So don’t fall for those mails and private messages that blatantly ask you for your credentials.
That’s not all though. If you get a private message that tells you that you have won something grand and that the only thing they need from you before they can send you the price is your account information you can be sure that it’s actually too good to be true and a phishing attempt. The same goes for ominous links that are reeeeealy inviting but will only send you to a fake (and most likely malicious) login page. To avoid falling for the latter always check that you’re at twitter.com before logging in.
By the way: We’ve already talked about the 5 signs of a hacked social media account some time ago in this blog post. Read it if you want to find out whether you are a victim or not and what to do in case you were actually hacked!