5 Simple Ways to Protect Your Twitter Account from Hackers

Linda WatersBy Linda Waters
Guest Contributor

You’ve heard that Facebook and other social media accounts get hacked, but Twitter?

Well, Twitter accounts get hacked at the same rate as Facebook and other social networks. To prevent that awful thing, every user should take precautions.

Here are five effective ways to protect your Twitter account from being hacked:

1. Make the Password Unguessable

This is the number one issue that makes people lose their accounts to cyber goons. Hackers and their software are intelligent enough to decode a password made with your birth date or other similar numbers that are easily obtainable.

Your password does not have to be a super hard and long one, use any unusual word and number combo that has no resemblance with your name or any such basic thing but is significant and easily memorable for you. Be little bit smarter and set that un-guessable password!

Go to https://howsecureismypassword.net/ and type in the password you’re considering using to see how difficult it would be for a hacker to crack it.

2. Update Privacy Settings

Twitter regularly updates the Security Settings for people’s profiles. Instead of ignoring the  notification balloon that pops out and tells you about the changes, learn what they have to say and change your Security and Privacy Settings accordingly. If you do not understand anything, visit the Help Center for solutions or simply ask for help.

3. Check Your Apps and Other Add-ons

Apps, add-ons and other similar pieces of software developed by third parties are often the marketplaces for information leakage. Since we let them access our information and allow them to post on our behalf, we practically give them the license to rob our account. To avoid this, use only reputable apps and keep authorizations at a minimum.

4. Be a Careful Mobile User

When we use the accounts with mobile, we risk even more. Most of us do not log out of accounts and we click the “Remember my Password” box. Using anti-malware software is must-do. There are several free ones available.

Also, since mobile screens are not as big as computer monitors, it is easier for phishing sites to camouflage attack and hack your information. So, do not ever enter your password to any site once you are already logged in.

5. Keep Separate Accounts for Personal and Business Purposes

If you intend to market your business with Twitter, do not market via your personal account. It does not take much to open a new business account. Operate your campaign and updates from your business account and do not enter any personal information.

Linda Waters is a marketing executive at mSpy and a blogger who writes about cell phone tracking tools, social media innovations and mobile tricks.