Twitter Security – Is your Twitter account secure?

By June 8, 2017 Social Media
Is your twitter account secure

Is your Twitter account secure?

Whenever we get a new client with existing Twitter channels, the first thing we do is change their Twitter password. Why? Because a Twitter password is all a former employee needs to commandeer the account for themselves! Don’t let this happen to you – ensure your Twitter account is adequately protected by following these steps.

Your Twitter Password

Passwords should be strong and unique to the site – don’t use the same password on every single social media account you manage!

To change your password, you should do the following:

  1. Login to your account.
  2. Click on your logo in the top right-hand corner of the screen (beside the tweet button).
  3. A drop-down menu will appear.
  4. Select the option ‘Settings and privacy’.
  5. Click on option 3 – ‘password’ on the left-hand side.
  6. Enter your current password, your new password and your new password a second time.
  7. Click ‘save changes’.

You can generate a completely unique password using websites like Secure Password Generator. However, generally the issue with these passwords is that they are lengthy and difficult to remember. An alternative is to create a password of your own invention that is at least 10 characters long, combining uppercase, lowercase, numbers and symbols. Remember that creativity is key! Password management company Keeper Security found that 17% of people (?!) are guarding their accounts using the password 123456. If you choose a password like this, you are asking to be hacked!

For extra security, use Twitter login verification

If you would like an extra level of security protection, you can also activate login verification. This means that once you login to your account, Twitter will send a SMS message with a code that you’ll need to access your account.

We do not recommend this option if more than one person manages the Twitter account as it can prove challenging if all staff members have to contact one specific individual whose mobile number is linked to the Twitter account every time the account is accessed.

To enable Twitter login verification, you should do the following:

  1. Check the mobile number associated with the account
  2. Log in to your account
  3. Click on your logo in the top right-hand corner of the screen (beside the tweet button).
  4. A drop-down menu will appear. Select the option ‘Settings and privacy’.
  5. Click on option 4 – ‘mobile’ on the left-hand side.
  6. Check the mobile number that is linked to the account to ensure it is a number that you can access to receive SMS messages.
  7. Edit the number if necessary.

Confirm the email address linked to your Twitter account

  1. Log in to your account
  2. Click on your logo in the top right-hand corner of the screen (beside the tweet button).
  3. A drop-down menu will appear. Select the option ‘Settings and privacy’.
  4. Click on option 1 – ‘account’ on the left-hand side.
  5. Check the email address that is linked to the account to ensure it is an email address that you can access.
  6. Edit the email if necessary.
  7. Sign into your email account to confirm your email address.
  8. Open the email asking you to confirm your account.
  9. Click the ‘confirm now’ button in the email.
  10. You will be redirected to your Twitter account and asked to login again.

Enable Twitter login verification

  1. Log in to your account
  2. Click on your logo in the top right-hand corner of the screen (beside the tweet button).
  3. A drop-down menu will appear. Select the option ‘Settings and privacy’.
  4. Click on option 1 – ‘account’ on the left-hand side.
  5. Beneath the header security, you will see the ‘login verification’ option.
  6. Tick the check box and activate the login verification process.

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If you are looking for some help managing your social media accounts, we would love to hear from you so get in touch here!

Jenny

Author Jenny

Digital & Tourism Consultant @ Digitally Strong. I hold a Masters in Digital Marketing and have more than 9 years experience developing digital strategies and executing leading brand, advertising and digital campaigns.

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