As I mentioned last week when covering how to handle Social Media hackers, most Twitter hackings can be cleared up with a few simple steps like changing your password. But there are also some more steps you can take to keep hackers at bay.
Extra Precautions for Prevention:
Visit your Connections tab in account settings and revoke any access for third-party applications, especially ones you don’t recognize.
Use a “Twitter only” password. It’s tempting to use only one password for everything, but that just makes you an easy target for hackers.
Another ninja trick to thwart hackers is to add your mobile phone number to your Twitter profile – it helps to verify your account if you are hacked.
Just Say “NO” (to suspicious links): We’ve all, at one point or another, gotten a Direct Message (DM) from one of our Followers on Twitter claiming that we’ve been written about in a blog, featured in a video, or included in a photo. When in doubt, don’t click! Typically it’s those links that have a malicious Trojan that awards the hackers access to your Twitter account and the ability to send tweets from posing as you.
It really becomes serious when a hacker succeeds in commandeering your account, changes your twitter handle, your photo/avatar, the overall appearance, and then s tarts tweeting their own garbage. If this happens, go to http://support.twitter.com and report the hijacking. Twitter will have some steps for you to complete, and you will be issued a support ticket. If you don’t get a response within 24 hours, just keep relaying to them that your account is still hacked.