How Safe is Your Twitter Account?

By | February 10, 2015

This is just in….Twitter’s CFO Anthony Noto’s social media account was hacked. His handle @anthonynoto sent hundreds of auto-replies to various users containing spammy links. There is no sign of any information being stolen and it’s not clear at this time how the incident happened.

This is not the first time that Noto has immersed himself in controversy in the short time he’s been with the social media company. Last year, he accidentally sent a private message about a confidential deal to his Twitter followers. Since then the company has worked to improve its product for direct message.

Twitter accounts with large followings are targeted by hackers all the time. Newsweek magazine’s Twitter account was also hacked recently and fake messages were posted threatening President Barack Obama’s family and claiming to be publishing confidential government documents.

As well, an unknown person or group of people posted sexually explicit content on Delta Airline’s Facebook page. Delta removed the posts and apologized for the breach; promising any investigation.

How secure is your Twitter account?

Most people realize that Twitter is a public platform; however, many fail to understand that their tweets can be viewed by anyone and everyone around the world. At times, these tweets can also notify complete strangers as to what you are doing and when, which puts you at great vulnerability.

There are three ways to protect yourself and your information from being hacked, especially if you have over 10K followers:

  1. Go to account settings
  2. Scroll down to the Tweet privacy section and click on the box next to “Protect My Tweets”
  3. Click the “save” button at the bottom of the page. You will need to enter your password to confirm the change.

Another way to check the degree of your exposure is to go to Namechk.com. Here, you can easily add your username that you use on different social networks and check the lists to see how many of those accounts are visible.

If that does not work, go to the apps section to revoke access to questionable parties. If you don’t use the third parties, stay safe by denying access.

About Alex Noudelman

Alex Noudelman is a Digital Marketing Manager with over 7 years of experience in social media marketing, copywriting, digital marketing, search engine marketing and education. Feel free to contact Alex Noudelman if you have any questions or would like to see a particular topic covered.

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