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Twitter Hacked? 6 Ways to Keep Your Twitter Account Secure

Updated on January 22, 2013
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Secure Your Twitter Account

How to secure your twitter account.

You have probably seen the emails that say “What a silly picture of you!” or “Did you see the nasty things people said about you?” This is bait aimed at getting you to click the link. Once you click the link you are taken to a website that resembles twitter and the web address may be masked to look like twitter. You will be prompted for your name and password and that captures data from unsuspecting Twitter users. In some cases you may not even have to press the login button or the site may fail your first login attempt and require a second login just to make sure that you are entering the password data correctly.

This can hold true for credit card scammers as well so if you go to a site offering ridiculous deals be sure to stay away from them as well and that will be the topic of another post

Here are some things you can do to prevent hacking into your Twitter account.

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1. Set up a password change time table. You can do it through any calendar program like Outlook or your mobile phone application. I keep my passwords off line in a book of passwords by my computer. When it’s time to change passwords I can write the new password into the password book.

2. I am always afraid that my personal computer can be compromised so I keep your password list in non- digital form. It to me is a great use of a paper. I am weary of protected files incase hackers can find a way in. Just keep your password book handy keep it in the same spot next to your computer so it will always be available when you need it.

3. I try to let the hacked person know that their Twitter account has been compromised and and I describe the email I got. Real twitter users never send these sort of messages out. The hackers may be affiliates of the adult industry or some scam and are anxious to get you there and pull out your credit card. They may even have legitimate sounding businesses too just to scrape your credit card information.

4. I try to have my passwords contains a number and other special characters and I don`t use common strings. “123456”, “emanruoy” or “yourname” in reverse, the website name you’re visiting (backwards or forwards)using words like “administrator” ,“password”, “user” “abc123”,”qwerty” and “letmein” all are a really bad idea. Don’t use your kids or your names as well. Don’t use your pet’s name, your address or any other identifying. A good password will look something like “Rte*53s)fN”

5. Click only on sites and forms that you are sure of. When you get spoof emails in your account delete them and resist the temptation to follow the links.

6. Use only a great antivirus program that can detect programs running in the background and malware. Keep your virus software up to date. The bad guys keep changing their tactics and so does the software used to detect them.

Twitter is a good spot to tell the world that you have something to offer or provides people with news. The only way to keep the site useful for everyone is to keep the crooks from taking over.


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    • shampa sadhya profile image

      Shampa Sadhya 

      6 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Voted up and useful! You have given a very important tips. The twitter account holders including me are benefited. Sharing and pinning!

    • Mastpunjabi profile image

      Mujeeb Khan 

      6 years ago from India

      Really interesting and real ideas. Personally, i never really thought somebody would be interested in hacking my twitter account. Thanks for these great tips.

    • lindacee profile image

      Linda Chechar 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Great tips for keeping a Twitter account from being compromised. We must be ever vigilant. Voted up, useful and interesting!


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