Today, I would like to continue with the topic social media and security. In the previous couple tutorials, I showed you how to be safe on Facebook and some more Facebook security tips and tricks. Today we’ll take a look at Twitter.
Here are a few tips for your security on Twitter.
- Use a strong password and change it regularly
- Use login verification
- Check if you are on twitter.com
- Evaluating links on twitter
This rule applies everywhere and always, not just for your Twitter account.
Changing your password: sign into your Twitter account. Click the Profile picture in the upper right corner and select Settings.
Select Password from the menu. Now you can change your password. You can use Sticky Password to populate the Current password field.
For your new password I recommend to use our password generator. Click the Sticky Password icon in the top right corner and select Tools – Password Generator.
Select the length and any other Advanced options you’d like and click Generate. Then click Use this password. (Click the eyeball icon at the far right of the password field to display your new password.)
2.Use login verification
Login verification is an extra layer of security for your Twitter account. This is Twitter’s version of 2-factor authentication (2FA). Instead of only entering a password to log in, you’ll also need to enter a code that has been sent via text message to your mobile phone. This verification helps make sure that you, and only you, can access your account. After you enable this feature, you will need both your password and your mobile phone to log in to your account.
Select Security and privacy from the menu. First, you have to add your phone to your Twitter account. Click the blue link add a phone.
Add your mobile number and click Continue.
Now check your phone for the verification code from Twitter and enter it in the field. Click Activate phone.
Now you can set login verification.
Select Security and privacy from the menu and check the checkbox Verify login requests.
Confirm your phone number by clicking Send code.
Check your phone and enter the code into the field and click Submit.
Congrats, you’re enrolled! You can close the dialog or get your backup code by clicking Get backup code.
3. Check that you are on twitter.com
Phishing is when someone tries to trick you into giving up personal data like your Twitter username, email address or phone number and password, usually so they can send out spam from your account. Often, they’ll try to trick you with a link that goes to a fake login page. Whenever you are prompted to enter your Twitter password, take a quick look at the URL in the address bar of your browser to make sure you’re really on twitter.com. Additionally, if you receive a Direct Message (even from a friend) with a URL that looks odd, we recommend that you do not open the link.
Using Sticky Password to log you into Twitter and other login pages is a way to check the authenticity of the page. Sticky Password will only log you into the specific page you saved in the database.
Phishing websites will often look just like Twitter’s login page, but will actually be a website that is not Twitter. Twitter domains will always have http://twitter.com/ as the base domain.If you are ever unsure about a login page, go directly to twitter.com and enter your credentials there.
4. Evaluating links on Twitter
Many Twitter users post links using URL shorteners, like bit.ly or TinyURL, to create unique, shortened links that are easier to share in Tweets. However, URL shorteners can obscure the end domain, making it difficult to tell where the link goes to.
That’s all for today. I’ve introduced you to a set of basic – but important – security and privacy settings. For your own security, as well as the security of your friends and family, make sure that YOU are in control of your privacy and security settings on Twitter, and other social media sites. It takes only a couple of minutes but it’s worth it!