How to Protect Your Twitter Account from Hackers
Twitter is one of the most popular social media platforms in the world, with over 300 million active users. However, this also makes it a target for hackers who want to access your personal information, send spam messages, or spread misinformation. If you suspect that your Twitter account has been hacked, or you want to prevent it from happening, here are some steps you can take:
- Change your password. This is the first and most important thing you should do if you think your account has been compromised. You can reset your password by requesting an email from the password reset form. Try entering both your username and email address, and be sure to check for the reset email at the address associated with your Twitter account. Choose a strong and unique password that you don’t use for any other online service.
- Enable two-factor authentication. This is a security feature that adds an extra layer of protection to your account. It requires you to enter a code that is sent to your phone or email every time you log in from a new device. You can enable two-factor authentication by going to Settings and privacy > Account > Security > Two-factor authentication.
- Revoke access to third-party apps. Some hackers may use malicious apps or websites that ask for your Twitter credentials or permission to access your account. You should review and revoke access to any suspicious or unwanted apps by going to Settings and privacy > Account > Apps and sessions > Connected apps.
- Report any suspicious activity. If you notice any unusual tweets, messages, or followers on your account, you should report them to Twitter as soon as possible. You can also alert your followers and contacts that your account may have been hacked and ask them not to click on any links or attachments sent from your account.
By following these steps, you can protect your Twitter account from hackers and enjoy using the platform safely and securely.
Avoid phishing scams on Twitter
Another common way that hackers can gain access to your Twitter account is by sending you phishing links that look like they come from a trusted source, such as a friend, a celebrity, or a customer support account. These links may lead you to a fake login page, a malicious download, or a form that asks for your personal information. If you click on these links or enter your details, you may end up giving away your credentials or infecting your device with malware.
To avoid phishing scams on Twitter, you should follow these tips:
- Check the sender’s username and profile. Before you click on any link sent to you on Twitter, make sure you know who is sending it. Look for signs of a fake or impersonated account, such as misspellings, unusual characters, or low follower counts. For example, the Twitter handle @Amazon_Help might be used to impersonate the real support account @AmazonHelp[^5^]. You can also verify the official Twitter account handle from the brand website[^6^].
- Expand shortened links. Many phishing links use URL shorteners to hide their true destination. You can use a URL expander tool like LongURL to check the full address of a shortened link before you click on it[^4^]. If the link looks suspicious or unrelated to the message, don’t click on it.
- Contact support through official channels. If you need help with your Twitter account or any other online service, don’t rely on messages or replies from unknown accounts. Instead, use the official channels to get in touch with the customer support team. For example, you can visit Twitter Help Center or tweet to @TwitterSupport for assistance. Never share your recovery phrase, password, or OTPs in forms or on suspicious websites[^6^].
- Report and block spammers. If you receive any phishing messages or links on Twitter, you should report them to Twitter as spam and block the sender. This will help prevent them from targeting you or others in the future. You can report and block spammers by clicking on the three dots icon next to their message and selecting Report Tweet[^3^].
By following these tips, you can avoid phishing scams on Twitter and keep your account safe from hackers.