A few days ago, I received an email from Twitter.com which requested me to change my Twitter password as it believes that my Twitter account may have been compromised by a website or service not associated with Twitter. Firstly, I was quite skeptical about this kind of email as I had received lots of phishing email like this. However, after I double confirmed the sender’s email address, I realized that it is a real email from real Twitter.com and I changed the Twitter password at once.
Twitter blog had shared an article on how to keep your Twitter account safe and private. I would like to share some important safety recommendations to everyone.
1) Beware of Phishing email because Twitter will never sends emails to request your password or asks you to download attachments. Phishing is a method used by bad people to trick users to share their passwords by sending fraudulent messages via emails.
2) Ensure that you are entering real Twitter site by checking the address bar in your browser. Make sure the domain is Twitter.com.
3) Always use a strong password with at least 10 characters and a combination of letters, numbers and other characters and don’t use the same password for other websites you use (email, banking, social network) because once your account got hacked by intruder, they will use the password to access other websites as well.
4) Use HTTPS encryption technology to make Twitter more secure and safe. HTTPS technology is used by most online banking websites. Therefore, start to use Twitter by using browsing https://twitter.com or mobile users go to https://mobile.twitter.com.
5) Link your phone to your Twitter account so when your Twitter account is compromised, you still able to save Twitter account after all your personal email was hacked too.
Twitter team is keen on educating public users through regular updates about safety and security via @safety on Twitter. Therefore, I hope all online users will pay more attention on the safety of their online passwords.