What Should I Do If My Twitter Account Was Hacked?
Everyone remembers the explosive scandal that came out in June that revealed 32 million Twitter accounts had been compromised. Passwords and login details were stolen, and they were then sold to the highest bidders.
If you’ve noticed some unusual activity on your Twitter account, or if you just want to play it safe, take these steps right away.
Start at the Source
If you’re noticing weird stuff in any of your online accounts, the first place to check is your email account. With access to your email, cybercriminals have a free pass to the rest of your online life, and that’s a dangerous front door key to hand over.
Use this tool to check if your email contains any personal information that can leave you vulnerable to attacks. LogDog will search your accounts, finding stored passwords, social security numbers, bank account numbers and more. Then the tool will notify you, give you the option to clear your account of the compromising info, and warn you if someone or something questionable is around.
It’s also a good idea to tell your friends or family included in vulnerable email threads to delete them as well. In general, nobody should be storing personal information of yours online.
Check Your Activity Log
Twitter lets its users see which devices were used to access their accounts and when. This is valuable information if you suspect foul play because it will prove your suspicions correct. Look under your Twitter Data section to find the Device History section.
Here you’ll see all the devices used to log into your account. You can do the same thing for your Login History. Don’t be alarmed if you see times you don’t remember accessing your account though since other apps and web browsers you’ve given permission to access your account (like LinkedIn or OSX) will show up here as well.
If you want to revoke permissions, simply go to the Apps Settings page and hit the Revoke access button next to the app you no longer wish to allow access to.
The next step in taking back control is changing your password. If a hacker has your password, they can access your account and do whatever they want. Take away that ability by changing your password to a stronger, more hack-proof version. In general, avoid passwords that are obvious (like your birthday), common (like Love), and overly simplistic (1234 or abcdefg).
Go to your Twitter Password area, and select a strong password that contains varied letters (uppercase and lowercase), numbers, and punctuation marks.
What Have You Been up To?
An easy way to see if someone has been messing with your Twitter account is to look at the activity log. Here you’ll see all the most recent actions taken on your account, tweets posted, replies, and messages sent. If you see any actions listed that you didn’t take, that’s a clear sign that someone else has been accessing your account. Delete any tweets that are not yours by clicking on the More Settings menu (those three little circles) found after each tweet.
Get Login Verifications
Twitter has login verification settings that you can activate or deactivate at will. Go to your Twitter Security & Privacy settings to turn on login verifications. This way, whenever anyone attempts to log into your account, you will need to approve the action before access is granted.
If you can’t access your account, you may need to recover your password. First try to get into your email account because this is where Twitter will send your recovery access.
Tighten up Security All Around
If one account has been hit, chances are others have been as well. Check all your online accounts, and change passwords accordingly. Never share passwords from one account to another. Here’s what to do if you think your Facebook account was also hacked.
Get a Strong Antivirus
Once you’ve gotten control of your accounts again, it’s time to take preventative measures and to check that your devices are clear from harmful viruses. Run an antivirus (here are some good options), and maintain security on both mobile and stationary devices.
Are you following these online security strategies:
- Keeping updated antiviruses running?
- Using different passwords for each account (you can use a password manager to keep things clear and easy)?
- Letting LogDog scan your accounts for sensitive information that you need to erase?
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