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What to Do When Your Twitter Account Gets Hacked

Twitter Account Gets Hacked

There are a ton of people out there who want to hack Twitter, with reasons ranging from the self-serving to the simply malicious. We know the precautions we should take, and hopefully you’ve got them in place- if you don’t, it’s time to fix that right now. However, all the precautions in the world can’t make you totally hack proof- it happens to the best of people.

You aren’t too uninteresting to have someone hack Twitter.

We may associate every attempt to hack Twitter with celebrities and big firms, but anyone and everyone can be attacked- from the notorious recent Associated Press hack right down to your personal account. Firstly, don’t overreact and be sure to react immediately to limit the damage.

What to do if you can still log in to your account.

If you find that you’re still able to access your account, but find that you’ve got suspect tweets or account activity, then your first step should be to immediately change the account password. Almost as important is to check that the email address associated with the account still is the one you expect it to be. Otherwise, your locking out of the hacker will have no effect- they can simply use the address they placed there to request a password reset. This is especially important on Twitter and other sites where you can log on by username and may well not notice the email swap until it’s too late.

If you expect someone has learnt to hack Twitter and has entered your account, you also need to take the time to review the third party apps connected to your website. Many of these have the permission to access your account even after the password change, and if the hacker got access through one in the first place they could well cause you issues.

Now it’s time for damage control. You can decide if it’s more important to send direct messages or make a public apology, but delete the offensive matter and apologize to those it effects. Once you’re done cleaning up the mess, you can perhaps consider Twitter’s two step mobile verification process.

What do I do if I can no longer log in?

Twitter Account Gets Hacked

Firstly, don’t panic if you can’t log in any more. Try your password reset process. This may not work, of course, if the hacker has already changed your email address on the account. If it doesn’t come through then you need to go straight to Twitter’s ‘hacked account’ page and report it. Remember, you’re far from the first person this has happened too. The company are pretty used to dealing with this process. As soon as you get access to the account back from the hacker, follow the steps we outline above to restore peace, safety and normalcy to your account.visit http://www.dailydot.com/politics/compa-detect-hacked-facebook-twitter-accounts-2015/ for more detailed information.

Twitter hacks can be damaging and embarrassing, but they do happen and you can recover from them. Follow the above easy steps if you suspect someone has hacked Twitter accounts you have access to.

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