How To: Managing Your Twitter Security

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The following tips can help you avoid security problems when using Twitter.

  • Make sure your Twitter password is unique (and not shared with other online accounts), and change your password if you think it might have been compromised. And as always, change your password a minimum of every six months.
  • Just like regular email and web security, avoid clicking on links if the sender or the site looks suspect.
  • If someone you normally trust sends messages that look odd, contact them directly before clicking on links.
  • Before installing an application or using another website, check to see what other people are saying about it and review their privacy policy.
  • Don’t tweet about moving servers, changing passwords or any other type of situation where your security could be compromised more easily.
  • Consider having a separate private account for work or project related purposes.
  • In Settings > Security and privacy > Security, enable verify login requests and require personal information to reset my password options. This makes sure that any login requests are sent to your phone, and requires personal information that only you know to change your password.
  • In Settings > Security and privacy > Privacy, turn off automatic tagging for photos with you in them, as well as the Add location to my Tweets option. These two settings can compromise your security.
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Jared Howe

Jared Howe is PRIVATE WiFi’s Senior Manager, Product Marketing Communications. Working in high tech for over 15 years, Jared currently lives in Seattle with his wife, daughter, and their two cats.