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Secure your Twitter account with two-factor authentication

Twitter offers three options for 2FA: text message, authenticator app or security key. The latter is the most secure, since it requires a physical device plugged into a PC/Mac’s USB port. The other options are still safe enough though, especially if you primarily use Twitter on your phone or tablet.

Use a URL expander on Twitter

Truncated links, created by services like Buffer and dlvr.it are common on Twitter, since they’re clean-looking and short. But they make it impossible to know what exactly is on the other end of the link. Consider using a URL expander, plenty of which are available for major browsers, to see what each link really leads […]

Be cautious of shortened links

URL shortening is a technique used to make links friendlier and easier to remember, particularly when displayed on social media channels. For example, with Twitter’s 140-character limit, shortened links help give users more space in their tweets. However, they’re also used by cybercriminals as a tool for malware, so don’t be too quick to click […]

Customize default security configurations on social media

Facebook and Twitter have an ever-changing collection of settings you can fine-tune for better security and privacy. Don’t just use the defaults – instead look through the selections to find the ones that limit who can see your data and reduce your overall exposure. A good example is Twitter’s ability to mute specific accounts and […]

Take advantage of muting on Twitter

If you use Twitter, it’s a good idea to block any accounts that harass you or urge you to take action by visiting a risky site via link. Another layer of protection is available through muting, which lets you prevent certain accounts or even specific words and phrases from ever appearing in your timeline. You […]

Be careful if integrating social network accounts

Most social networks allow you to integrate information with other social networks. For example you can post an update on your Twitter account and have it automatically posted on your Facebook account as well. Be particularly careful when integrating your social network accounts. You may be anonymous on one site, but exposed when using another.