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Twitter & Hackers…
Twitter hacking is on the rise. Then again, of course it is. The social media platform is one of the most popular in the world. According to Statista.com, the site had 304 million users by June 2015, with nearly a fourth of those located in North America. And Twitter’s popularity extends beyond individuals—from your average Joe to the hottest celebrities—to the largest corporations and agencies, making it even more of a target for hackers.
Part of the reason Twitter hacking is so popular is that, through a hacked Twitter account, cybercriminals can send messages to thousands, if not tens of thousands of followers instantly. Imagine the type of damage that could do to a company or individual whose loyal customers or fans follow their every move on Twitter? Indeed, a number of companies and celebrities have had their Twitter account hacked. These include Ashton Kutcher, Emma Stone, Donald Trump, Burger King, Jeep and NPR, to name a few.
From hacktivists to terrorist organizations to your teenage hacker looking to perform a prank, it’s not difficult to understand why a Twitter account hack would be such a lucrative goal. Earlier this year, CNBC reported that the Twitter account of the U.S. Central Command had been breached by a pro-ISIS hacker. A few months later, the Tesla website and Twitter account and the Tesla CEO’s Twitter account were all hijacked, with the attacker reportedly offering free Tesla vehicles to anyone who followed specific accounts or dialed a certain phone number.
Even if you’re not a celebrity and you don’t manage the Twitter page for a large organization or agency, it’s worthwhile to take measures to increase your Twitter account security. After all, you never know what a hacker would do with access to your Twitter account, and most likely, you don’t want to find out. With that in mind, here are some tips for keeping your Twitter account safe from hackers.
Protecting Your Twitter Account from Hackers
Here are some tips for ways you can protect your Twitter account from being hacked.
Use Strong, Unique Passwords
It’s never been more important to choose your passwords wisely than it is now. With Twitter hacking on the rise and hacking in general becoming such a popular occurrence, being smart about your online account passwords is crucial. What does this mean? First of all, it means your Twitter password should be different than the passwords you use with other online services. (In fact, each of your online account passwords should be unique.) Hackers count on you reusing your password; once they’ve discovered your Twitter password, they might try their luck by using that same password to try to breach your Google or Facebook accounts.
Bottom line? Use unique passwords for all of your accounts, and always use a strong password. A strong password is includes at least eight characters with a mix of both numbers and letters and at least one symbol, such as an exclamation point or question mark. It’s also best to avoid using dictionary words, as those are easy to guess.
Get LogDog Anti-Hacking
You can use LogDog to protect your Twitter account from hackers and to find out immediately when suspicious activity in your Twitter account takes place.
The LogDog Anti-Hacking app for Android and iOS is a mobile intrusion detection system that alerts you any time an intruder is detected in your Twitter account. How does LogDog recognize whether there is suspicious activity happening in your Twitter account? First, LogDog goes into Learning Mode for the first seven days after you add anti-hacking protection for your Twitter account. During this period, LogDog learns about how you typically use Twitter. This includes learning what locations and IP addresses you typically check your Twitter account from; what devices you usually use to access your account; what times of day you’re most active on Twitter and more.
After the seven-day learning period, LogDog will send a warning straight to your mobile device if it detects something unusual in your Twitter account, so that you can take action as quickly as possible to lock out any hackers that may have accessed your password and breached your account. In doing so, LogDog provides one-of-a-kind protection for your Twitter and other popular accounts.
Get LogDog so you’re always being protected. Here’s the Android and iOS links for you to check out.
Are you wondering whether LogDog keeps any of your account information? If so, rest assured that LogDog does not keep any of your passwords or other account information. When you use LogDog to protect your Twitter account, you are logging in directly to the account. None of your information is saved on LogDog’s servers.
How else does LogDog keep you protected? When you get an alert, you have the option to let LogDog know that the activity was generated by you. This is the second way that LogDog continues to learn about your account behavior in order to recognize any suspicious activity. By clicking “OK, it was me,” you’re letting LogDog know that the activity it flagged is your own, non-suspicious behavior, and it will not alert you to the same behavior or activity moving forward.
If your Twitter account was already hacked, LogDog Anti-Hacking has a resource that can help you recover your account and your information.Check out the article: What Should I Do If My Twitter Account Was Hacked?
Quick Recovery Steps
- Check your Twitter activity log.
- Go to settings and open up the ‘Twitter data’ section.
- Open ‘Device History’ to see which devices were used to access your Twitter account.
- Open ‘Login History’ to see when your Twitter account was accessed.
- If you see any suspicious activity from an app, go to the ‘Apps’ tab to revoke its access.
- Delete any tweets that are not yours.
- Click on the ‘More Settings’ menu (those three little circles) found after each tweet.
- Change your password for Twitter.
- Go to your Twitter Password area, and select a strong password that contains varied letters (uppercase and lowercase), numbers, and punctuation marks.
- Turn on login verifications.
- Go to your ‘Security & Privacy’ settings‘ and turn on login verifications.
- Check your notifications anytime someone logs in.