Twitter accounts have been held in high esteem for its inability to be hacked successfully but recently, those standards have been questioned.
On Wednesday, three days ago, Twitter accounts of high profile citizens like Joe Biden, Joey Badass, Elon Musk, Barack Obama, Kim Kardashian and Chloe Moretz were hacked. Twitter accounts of award winning companies like Bitcoin, Apple and Coin Desk were also hacked.
While investigation into this is ongoing, it's very pertinent to know and apply safe ways to protect your Twitter accounts from being hacked.
Use untraceable passwords
Many people use simple and easy-to-remember passwords like their names, names of loved ones, pet names, their birthdays, memorable days, name abbreviations or someone they like. This is considered as very weak passwords. It's advisable to use between 8-20 characters for passwords, consisting of symbols, numbers, uppercase and lowercase letters. Examples include, &[email protected]#e), u#/9?P%¥.
Be on the lookout for phishing
Phishing is best described as a scam by which an email user is duped into revealing personal or confidential information which the scammer can use illicitly. Hackers can send a fake message saying your account has been hacked and requesting you to change your password immediately. They may also tell you about a promo you've won online or a gift. These are tactics used to hack. While clicking on these messages and carrying out their actions, they'll freely have access to your current password or personal information. Twitter doesn't send such.
These are notifications sent to people requesting access to images, videos or contact list. Many people do not take time to read these notifications, but just click on it. It's very important to read them before clicking as some may be sent by hackers. Also, you've got to be careful and not trust all.
Third Party Apps and Websites
In our evolving world, people have different needs which have to be met with money. In light of this, many moneymaking websites have been created where people make money easily. Some of these websites require people to use their social media apps to register. Most of these are not original and are media of frauds. Avoid using your Twitter accounts to register in untrustworthy apps or websites. It can give the hackers access to your accounts.
Do not rely on your Twitter passwords only for security. Twitter provides a 2-step verification process that's very necessary and easy. When you sign up and log in for the first time, Twitter sends a verification code to your mobile phone. This must be entered correctly into your account. No two persons have the same codes, it's different for everyone. If you didn't do this, use your security settings on Twitter to activate the verification requests.
Also, use strong locks, passwords or patterns when acquiring security for your phones. This will prevent your social media accounts from being hacked into, in the event of your phone being stolen.
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