You can never be too careful when it comes to staying safe on social media. There are just things you should never do, even if it’s something everyone else seems to be doing. Some of the security tips you’re going to read are not new but are still worth mentioning.
Security experts constantly remind everyone to always use a strong password and enable two-factor authentication to stay safe. If you’re already doing this with your Twitter account, then good for you. But, there are other security tips you can follow to keep your account safer than Fort Knox.
How to Keep Your Twitter Account Safe
Another precaution you can take when using Twitter is not giving out any personal information since you can quickly become a victim of identity theft. You can also turn off geotagging when you tweet. You can do this by going to Settings > Privacy and Safety > Your Tweets > Add location information to your tweets. Make sure you don’t check the box for this option.
Remember to be careful with suspicious links and don’t give your username and password to third-party services. Also, it’s a good idea that all your apps and browser are always up to date. You can also keep your tweets safe by deciding who can reply to them.
Deny Access to Unused Apps
After a while, you might forget what apps have access to your Twitter account. Why not check to see which ones still have access to your account and remove the apps you don’t use anymore or aren’t that important. You can do this by going to Settings > Security and Account Access > Apps and Sessions > Connected Apps.
Ignore DM’s from Strangers Asking You to Confirm Your Info
If you get a DM from someone you don’t know asking you to tell them your password or other information, ignore it. If they claim to be from Twitter, you can contact Twitter yourself and ask them if there is an issue with your account.
Only Have Your Info and Tweets Visible to Those Who Follow You
Instead of having everyone see your information and tweets, you can change this by making one simple change. Go to Settings > Privacy and Safety > Audience and tagging > Protect your Tweets.
Speaking of tweets, you can also report a tweet you suspect is spam by clicking on the dots and choosing the report tweet option. Depending on what the problem is with the tweet will affect what choice you’ll need to select.
Stop Twitter from Watching You
There’s an option in Twitter, that if selected, allows it to see and use what you do when you’re not using it. By doing this, it intends to personalize your Twitter experience. Suppose you don’t want Twitter to do this. In that case, you’ll need to go to Settings > Privacy and Safety > Off-Twitter Activity > Uncheck both boxes.
Before clicking on Off-Twitter Activity, you’ll also see other options you can change, such as Ads preferences, Data sharing with business partners, and location sharing. If you’re against all those options, make sure that they are not selected by inspecting them one by one.
A lot of the options that observe what we do on social media can easily be turned off. By disabling them, you help keep your information private and reduce the risk of being the victim of a scam. Take advantage of the security options Twitter has to offer. Also, if it’s necessary to block someone on Twitter, then it needs to be done. What options do you turn off to stay safe? Let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to share the article with others on social media.