How to stay safe on Twitter

twitterMillions of people use Twitter every day. There are thousands of phishing scams on Twitter that try to take your password and use your account to spam others. Here are a few ways to stay safe on Twitter, along with instructions on what to do if your account is compromised.

* Keep your password safe. Make sure that your password is unique and secure. It should be something only you will know.

* Don’t use third party applications that you aren’t familiar with. If you don’t know an application requesting access to your Twitter, don’t allow it access. This will keep your Twitter account safe from possible phishing scams

* Don’t use Twitter on public computers. Don’t use any social media sites on public computers at airports or libraries. You could unknowingly broadcast your login information to anyone in the area, or you could be using a computer equipped with a keylogger.

If your Twitter account does get hacked, don’t panic. Take these steps to restore your account and make sure it won’t happen again.

* Scan your computer with Malwarebytes and your anti-virus software before you reset your password. If you don’t have Malwarebytes, you can download it here

* After scanning your computer and removing any threats, go to and follow the instructions to reset your password.

* Check third party applications. Go to the Connections tab in your Account settings and make sure the third party applications authorized are familiar to you. If there is an application that is not familiar, remove the connection.

* Contact Twitter support. You can contact Twitter support here: Include your user name and any pertinent details about the compromised account.

After taking these corrective actions, follow the steps outlined above to keep your Twitter account safe from now on.

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