Hacks are everywhere. Here's how to keep your Twitter account safe.
McDonald’s isn’t the only Twitter account raising eyebrows this week. On Wednesday, accounts including Justin Bieber’s and Amnesty International’s tweeted out Nazi symbols and political messages in Turkish.
First things first: Check to make sure no tools are connected to your account that shouldn’t be. Here’s how to do that:
Go to Twitter.com on your desktop and log in.
From the main screen, click your portrait on the upper right, and select “Settings and privacy” from the drop-down menu.
From the next screen, choose “Apps” in the left-hand menu.
See anything you don’t use or recognize? Click “Revoke access.”
While you’re in your settings, it’s a great time to change your password and add two-factor authentication to your account. The hacks that have affected Yahoo, Cloudflare and other sites and services may have released your password to people who shouldn’t have it (like alleged Russian spies or hackers).
If you use your Twitter password for anything else — Uber, Fitbit, OKCupid, 1Password, or Yahoo, for instance, were affected by recent hacks — it could be vulnerable and needs to be changed.
To change your password, select “Password” from the settings menu. You’ll be prompted to enter your old password and then plug in a new one twice.
Adding two-factor authentication tacks on another layer of security for your account. From the Settings menu, select “Account” and check the box next to “Verify login requests.” You’ll be prompted to enter your cell phone number.
With two-factor authentication, any time you log in from a new computer or device, you’ll get a six-digit code on your phone that you must enter. That means that even if someone else gets their hands on your password, they won’t be able to tweet unless they get your phone too.
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