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Mute someone on Twitter if you don’t want to see their posts, but you do want them to see yours

Many people are probably familiar with the Block function on Twitter and other social media services, which will prevent another user from seeing or commenting on anything you post. But what if you just don’t want to see the other person’s posts and don’t mind them seeing or commenting on yours? This is what the […]

Use Twitter to check for bad URLs

Malicious links can catch you unaware, but Twitter can root them out. Its “t.co” service shortens URLs and cross-references the original, longer URL to make sure it’s from a legitimate source. If you copy and paste any URL onto t.co, you might receive a warning that “this link may be unsafe.” Twitter has a huge […]

Require additional information to reset your Twitter password

If your email address or phone is compromised, a hacker might attempt to access your Twitter account by resetting your password. In order to catch any attempts to do this, you should set additional requirements for requesting a password reset. You can set up your account so that you have to enter a code sent […]

Make your Twitter account temporarily private

If you have short-term privacy concerns or you suspect that you might be an identity theft target, you can temporarily lock your Twitter profile. From the “Settings and privacy” menu, click “Privacy and safety.” Then select “Protect your Tweets.”

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 […]