Last February, Burger King and Jeep were victims of Twitter hackers.
In recent times the profile of Associated Press (AP) was taken over by hackers and falsely reported an attack on the White House. On Tuesday, the account of The Guardian reported being hacked, although no offensive tweets were sent.
In response to these situations, Twitter launched warnings to news organizations: “We believe that these attacks will continue, and that the media will continue to be the main targets hackers.”
In the memo, Twitter gave tips to prevent hackers from accessing accounts. In addition, the company is implementing two-factor authentication. Here are the main tips provided by Twitter, as well as other useful warnings from various sources.
- Change your password regularly. Hacking passwords has become so sophisticated that words like “love” and “guest123” are welcome mats for hackers. Twitter recommends using password generators, random words and numbers, or at least 20 characters.
- Do not share passwords via email. According to an AP reporter, hacking his account came “less than an hour after many of us received an email about sophisticated phishing.”
- Limited access to your account. In a post written on socialtalent.co, Holly Fawcett suggests that few people in the company know the password for Twitter. “We also recommend that those with access to the account sign a document that speaks of the seriousness of protecting it,” he wrote.
- Beware of mobile devices. It is easy for a smartphone to be stolen, and if signed in to a corporate account on Twitter from your phone, the thief can easily tweet while pretending to be you. “Once it falls into the wrong hands, the last thing you want to think about is your Twitter,” says Fawcett.
- Be careful when logging in. To access your account, make sure you typed the URL of Twitter.com before you put your username and password. Twitter recommends you verify that you are on Twitter.com before logging to prevent possible phishing. Also, do not let the browser save your password.
- Check your apps. When you decide to use other applications to access your Twitter updates, retweet directly from a website, share information, or make other connections, you are allowing the application to access your account. If you have apps you are not using or do not recognise, get rid of them.
- Check what you click. Do not click Twitter accounts you do not know. These links may contain malicious software that is downloaded to your devices and makes them more vulnerable to hacking.
- Ensures your bills are official. Twitter keeps tabs of large accounts and brands. “Please send all member accounts to your organization so we can protect them,” says the memo Twitter.
- Make a plan and use it. Twitter memo also recommends creating a crisis plan, particularly focused on hacking, and use it when a problem arises. For example, if you receive an email about phishing, change your passwords.
- Observe your mind. In a post on how to prevent hacking on Twitter published shortly after the account of Fox News was compromised, Ethan Klapper said knowing that you’ve been hacked as soon as possible can reduce the level of damage.
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