How to Improve Your Twitter Account Security

  • By Spokane C.O.P.S.
  • 24 Aug, 2016
Getting a social media account hacked is a stressful experience, with potential harms of reputation damaging information posted, identifying information collected, and the logistics of undoing the damage. While no social media account is 100% impenetrable, there are easy steps to take to drastically reduce your risk of your Twitter account being hacked.

Part One: Twitter Settings

One security measure is to set up two-step login verification. To use Twitter on a new device, you'll need to enter a passcode that will be sent to your phone. This prevents someone else from logging in since they won't have the code.

To set up login verification:
  1. Click your profile picture in the top right corner of the screen
  2. Click settings from the drop down menu
  3. Click security and privacy in the lefthand column 
  4. Click verify login requests
Another security measure is to disable tweet location. Cyber criminals can use knowledge of your location (for example, if you check in from your home and later post about going on vacation, burglars can see a prime opportunity). 

To disable tweet location:
  1. Click your profile picture in the top right corner of the screen
  2. Click settings from the drop down menu
  3. Click security and privacy in the top lefthand column
  4. Unselect the "add a location to my tweets option" and click "delete location information
A third security measure is to check which apps can access your Twitter account. Only grant secure apps (like the Twitter app for your phone) access. Check every so often to see which apps have access and revoke access from questionable apps.

To see which apps have access:
  1. Click your profile picture in the top right corner of the screen
  2. Click settings from the drop down menu
  3. Click apps in the lefthand column
  4. Click revoke access for any apps you want to revoke access to

Part Two: Strong Security Habits

After you've changed your Twitter settings, be sure to practice these security habits to minimize your chance of being a victim of a Twitter hack.
  • Use Twitter on up-to-date devices, since updates often deal with potential security issues. Always update the app, your devices, and the internet browsers you use Twitter on.
  • Keep your Twitter password only for Twitter. It's tempting to recycle passwords, but it's a risky move. If hackers figure out one password, they can hack your other accounts. If you insist on using the same password for multiple accounts, at least tweak the passwords slightly (such as adding T* to the end of the Twitter password, FB* to the end of the Facebook password, etc). 
  • Create hard to hack passwords. Use the first letter of a phrase (I started using Twitter in 2015 -> ISUTI2015). It'll be easy to remember, but difficult to hack. Be sure to change your password every three months.
  • When you use Twitter on a device that isn't your own, double or triple check that you logged out.
  • Lock up devices you use Twitter on and be sure the computer, phone, or tablet is protected by a password. Set your device settings so it locks/hibernates after a short period of time. Otherwise, someone who obtains your device can access your account. 
Make sure to follow Spokane C.O.P.S. on Twitter for more crime prevention and safety tips! For a list of helpful accounts for engaged citizens to follow, check out our blog post

If you're also on Facebook, check out our blog post on improving your Facebook account's security.
Want to make Spokane a safer place? Volunteer at your local C.O.P.S. shop with one of our crime prevention programs , from lifting fingerprints off of vehicles to catch car prowlers to organizing a block watch for your neighborhood.

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