Recently, we had a scenario where an account of one of the female tweeps in Uganda, Charlotte Atim was hacked into by a malicious person whose name has been withheld. In the tweets from the new account she had created, it was evident that she was really devastated, considering that her old account had a following of 22k followers.
Many friends, and fellow tweeps came out to sympathize and assure her that everything would be okay. Luckily, Ms Atim was able to get her account back. This seemed like a miracle to many, because once an account is hacked, it is highly unlikely that you will get it back.
It is from the above story therefore that I dug up a few tips on how to keep your twitter account secure from hackers. Check them out so that you can ably secure your account from people who could have terrible intentions.
Create strong passwords
A password is a secret code that helps you to access your account. You cannot enter into one’s account without it. Easy passwords are highly not recommended. Avoid using passwords such as you username, birthday, spouse’s name, your child’s name, or your anniversary date. Such passwords can be guessed by highly experienced hackers, therefore you must not use those. Try using a combination of lowercase letters, numbers, uppercase letters and symbols.
Use complex patterns and screen locks for your phone
In a situation where your phone is stolen, the thieves will find a hard time accessing your private content. The only thing they can do is reset the phone using a factory reset, and this erases everything on the phone.
Request a login verification
Yes, there is such an option. There are two ways you can have your twitter log in verified. This process helps to confirm that it’s the actual owner of the account who has accessed it. One way to do this is to have a code sent to your phone number that is registered with twitter whenever you log in. This way, if someone tries to log into your account, they won’t be able to access it because they will be required a code, which can only be sent to your phone number.
To activate your login verification; Go to the twitter settings and privacy > the go to account > click on security, just below the word password > Login verification.
Follow the steps one at a time. By the time you finish those steps, your twitter account will be well secured with a login verification.
I hope that these few tips will be of help to you. Happy tweeting!