Twitter Login – 5 Tips To Easily Improve The Security Of Your Log In Twitter
Twitter is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called “tweets”. Registered users can read and post tweets, but unregistered users can only read them. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter). Twitter has about 284 million active users in 2014 as at 30th Sept 2014 (reference: http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/12/10/still-growing-inside-facebook-instagram-hits-300-million-users/).
When logging into your Twitter account, you need to input the username/phone/email and password. With hacking constantly hogging the limelight in recent times (e.g. Sony hack, Walmart hack, Apple iCloud hack, etc.), it’s high time we take login credentials and security more seriously.
Tip 1: Lock Your Devices
Set your laptops, desktops, mobile phones and tablets to auto-lock after a period of inactivity, for example, after 5 minutes or when these devices are unattended. By auto-locking your devices, this will prevent others from using and accessing your devices without your knowledge.
Tip 2: Password Management
Use strong passwords for your Twitter login as well as accessing all your accounts. A strong password should consist of at least 10 characters, comprising of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special symbols. Also, use separate passwords for each website and email account and keep these passwords secure. Writing your password on a post-it pad and pasting it on your monitor is a big no-no.
To facilitate password management, why not consider installing a password manager? A password manager generates strong passwords for you and auto-fill the information whenever logins are required.
Tip 3: Two-Factor Authentication
Opt to have Twitter login verifications when accessing your Twitter instead of just the usual username and password. Setting login verifications could be done through mobile phone or Twitter app.
Tip 4: Log-Out Active Session
After signing in and completed checking your Twiter account, remember to log out of Twitter rather than just closing the application. Without logging off, you are keeping an active session with Twitter and whoever gains possession of your devices will have access to the information in your Twitter account.
Tip 5: Third Party Applications
When authorizing 3rd party application for your Twitter account, always be wary and cautious and perform a thorough research of the app using search engines before hastily downloading the app. If there are many negative or few reviews, then it might best not to install the app.
If after installing the app, you experienced unusual activities in your Twitter account, immediately disable or uninstall the app and perform a thorough check of your Twitter account to see if there are any things amiss.
Always be safe online rather than be sorry and don’t be an easy target for hackers. If a hacker managed to gain access to your Twitter account, no one knows what mischief this person might be up to but one thing is certain – your privacy has been compromised!
So, please implement these simple measures and you will have a more secured Twitter sign in.