Word has been out, Twitter is bad for you. Nothing good can anyway come out of a social media that hosts constant updates, users acting like a celebrity, and the perpetual spewing of hate or unwanted advice and opinion. However, if you are active on Twitter, there may not be any protection from the mental anguish, but you can still enjoy a safer experience. The recent case of celebrities Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart’s Twitter accounts being hacked is just a reminder that it’s all fun and games until someone ruins Twitter for you.
So keeping that in mind, here are a few tips to stay safe on Twitter:
Make your tweets private
Unfortunately, unlike other social media platforms, Twitter is either all or nothing. You cannot be selective regarding the audience that reads your tweets. You may make your tweets entirely private, wherein only your followers can read them; or you can make them all public, which means that anybody and everybody having internet access can read them. You cannot mix or choose as per will, and therefore, making your tweet private would be a wiser take.
- How to make tweets private on Desktop
- Click on your profile image located on the top-right corner.
- Head over to Settings and Privacy.
- In the left menu, locate Privacy and Safety and click on it.
- Check the box next to the “Protect my Tweets” option
- How to make tweets private on iOS device
- Tap on your profile photo in the top menu.
- Tap on Settings and Privacy and toggle the “Protect my Tweets” to green.
- How to make tweets private on Android device
- Tap on your Twitter display picture (or the hamburger icon in the navigation menu)
- Tap on Settings and Privacy and then on Privacy and Safety
- Tick the square that reads “Protect my Tweets.”
Every photograph has an EXIF data file attached with it. This contains all the data about the picture (including the GPS coordinates of where it was taken! Naturally, this plump information is enough to physically locate you, which can be concerning. Click on the “Compose New Tweet” box and click on the Location pin icon. Select “Remove location” from the drop-down menu. Navigate to the Privacy and Safety option of Settings and Privacy; click on Delete location information to remove location data of your previous tweets.
Stay Off Short URLs
Twitter was meant to be short and sweet. However, hackers capitalized this feature to condense URLs to send it to unsuspecting targets. Short URLs became the most popular way to spread a virus infection. Install a browser extension that offers a preview of the link before you open it. You may even install an Antivirus that shields you from such dangers.
Revoke Access to Third-Party Apps
Quizzes were a big thing on Twitter, and everybody lost their collective minds while creating or participating in one. While the trend was ephemeral, what remained is the access given my users to such third-party apps. In your account setting, select Apps and click on “Revoke Access” to delink your account from the app.
David Martin is a self-professed security expert; he has been making the people aware of the security threats. His passion is to write about Cyber security, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. He writes for Norton security products at www.norton.com/setup.