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7 steps to secure your Twitter account

Follow these simple procedures to avoid having your account compromised and to keep yourself safe while using Twitter.

Twitter, one of the most prominent social networks, just celebrated its 15th anniversary. Perhaps it is not an exaggeration to state that he had an undeniable impact on some of our lives. In these trying times, we use the platform to keep up with all types of news, from worldwide company updates and sports results to new discoveries in the fight against COVID-19.

However, Twitter, like any other social networking tool, poses a number of concerns, including the presence of trolls and cyber aggressors. Here are a few actions you may take to keep your Twitter account active.


Securing your account

Starting with the basics, such as strengthening account security, is always a smart idea. To begin, make sure you avoid the most common password generation problems, which I discussed in another blog post. Also, in the Security and account access section of the settings, enable two-factor authentication (2FA). When you log in, you can select one of several authentication methods to prove your identity, with texting being the default choice. However, we strongly advise you to use an authentication application or a security key, as these solutions are far more secure. If 2FA is not available, you can utilize single-use backup codes, or you can use a single password (OTP). By enabling these features, you can prevent jeopardizing your account.


Protecting tweets

Perhaps not everyone should see what you post on Twitter. Here’s how to safeguard your tweets, which you may enable in the privacy and security area. Only individuals who are already following you will be able to view your tweets if you enable this feature. Unless you ban them, they can interact with your now-protected tweets. New tracking requests must be approved by you.


Location information

Twitter allows you to selectively add location data to your tweets if you have location data enabled. “This permits Twitter to gather, retain, and use your actual location, such as GPS data,” according to the feature’s description. Should we also explain that disclosing such information could be risky? If you often reveal your location, a bad person could use the data obtained to develop a very accurate portrayal of your organization, so be cautious. You have the option to turn off the section Privacy & Safety in Your Tweets. Additionally, if you’ve previously utilized this function, you can select to remove locations associated with existing tweets.


Labeling

Twitter users can also tag others in images, which appears to be enabled by default and can be accessed in the privacy and safety settings. The option allows you to specify whether you want to be tagged by any user or only by those you follow. However, you don’t know who will see the photos, where they will circulate, or what types of metadata will be included. As a result, entirely removing photo tagging would be the most secure approach.


Ignore and lock functions

The platform includes a general status of blocked or “ignored” accounts, as well as a list of disabled words and notifications. The lock option stops other users from following your activities; the ignore function is less severe and allows you to eliminate tweets from a specific account from your feed without barring or removing it from your tracked accounts list. When it comes to disregarded terms, you can utilize this option to prevent seeing content in the feed that you don’t want to see. Tweets containing these terms will no longer appear in your alerts, messages, or feed after activation. You can also disable notifications depending on other filters, such as people you don’t follow or those who haven’t validated their email address.


Messaging options

Direct message settings allow you to limit your access, which is important because social media trolls arise out of nowhere and frequently clog mailboxes with hostile or odd messages. In addition to regulating who can send you direct messages, you can also enable a spam filter, which hides communications that appear suspicious. If you leave this option enabled, messages from people you don’t follow will be routed to the request area, while spam messages will be routed to the bottom of that inbox.


Who can see me?

The Discoverability and contacts tab lets you choose whether people can find you on Twitter by email or phone number. On the one hand, it makes it easier for users to discover you on the platform; on the other hand, it’s not particularly privacy-friendly because this function exposes your email or phone number. This option can be disabled for increased security.

 

Conclusions

While this is not a full list of all of Twitter’s security and privacy settings, it does provide a basic approach to securing your account. If you want to go any farther, you may look at the analysis of data sharing and your activities outside of the Twitter network, which includes advertising options. We hope these suggestions help you stay secure while using one of today’s most popular social networks.