While we all enjoy hanging out on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, it does come with a certain degree of risk. In fact there a number of risks you should be aware of when using Twitter such as phishing scams, security breaches or simply getting fired because you tweeted the wrong content.
Here are 4 Twitter safety tips that you can action and help protect yourself.
1. Consider using a private Twitter account
If you only communicate with friends and family and have no interest in gaining new ‘digital’ friends, then it would be wise to ensure that your Twitter feed is set to private. We would always recommend this course of action to young people (under 18). Its easy to do just go to your twitter settings and select the option named protect my tweets, this will ensure that only people you have allowed to follow you can view your tweets and new followers will have you send you a request.
WARNING – Just because you have marked your tweets as private does not mean that they will stay that way, if one of your followers RT’s (retweets) one of your tweets then that will be become public information.
2. Never share your personal information
This is basic social media security 101 and should always be followed; do not share your email, home or postal address or telephone numbers. Unless you are certain you know what you are doing is 100% safe, a good way to send this information would be by direct message (DM)
You may not realise this but Twitter has a Geotagging feature, which shows your exact location in public for all to see, this feature can be disabled via your twitter settings. A spammer or con artist could easily piece together your identity by using the information you share with ease.
3. Change your password on a monthly basis
Yes we know you already have a million and one password to remember, but by not changing your password you leave yourself open to hacking. Most automated bots such as the ones that send direct messages and post tweets can be stopped by simply changing your password, don’t go a simple password create one that contains both letters and numbers.
4. Take a look at any applications that access your Twitter account
As a rule of thumb try and avoid applications that ask for your password and regularly review the list of applications that you have authorised and granted access too and remove any unused applications. You can view a list of all the applications by visiting the connections page from within your twitter profile settings.