Why You Should Change Your Twitter Password Regularly. Twitter CEO Learnt The Hard Way

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As Twitter CEO and Co-Founder Jack Dorsey found out that he wasn’t immune to having his own account on his social  network compromised. Dorsey’s Official Twitter account posted Racist and offensive posts that were quickly deleted as reported by the Verge. Twitter through their official Communications accounts (@TwitterComms) confirmed the hack.

Twitter says its own systems were not compromised, instead blaming an unnamed mobile operator. “The phone number associated with the account was compromised due to a security oversight by the mobile provider,” Twitter said in a statement.

“This allowed an unauthorized person to compose and send tweets via text message from the phone number. That issue is now resolved.”

This situation shows that even if you are the CEO of Twitter, your account could be hacked. In order to prevent these kinds of issues, it’s good to not only have a strong password for your account, but you should also change your password regularly. Here’s how to change your Twitter password

How to reset your Twitter password using a PC

If you don’t remember your  Twitter password, or if your Twitter account has indeed been hijacked, you can reset it:

  1. Go to the Twitter sign in page, and enter either your email, Twitter user name or mobile phone number associated with the account.
  2. If you type in your email or user name, then type in the email address where you want the reset message to be set.
  3. After that, check your email inbox for the Twitter password reset email, and click on its link.
  4. You will then be taken to a site where you can choose your new Twitter password.
  5. If you pick the phone number option, type in your number.
  6. You will see a message stating you want Twitter to text a code to your number. Click Continue.
  7. Twitter will then text you a six-digit code on your phone.
  8. You will then be taken to the password reset page. Type in that six-digit code and Twitter should then ask you to type in your new password.

How to change your Twitter password and activate two-factor authentication

How to change your Twitter password (android)

  1. From the Twitter app, tap on your profile photo near the top left
  2. Tap Settings and privacy.
  3. On this menu, tap Account.
  4. Tap the Password tab under Log in and security.
  5. Enter your current password followed by a new password and then type in the new one again to confirm it.
  6. After entering your info, you’ll see a small pop-up at the bottom of your screen letting you know your password has successfully been changed.

iPhones and iOS users can follow the official twitter guidelines to change password here: https://help.twitter.com/en/managing-your-account/twitter-password-reset-on-iphone

Enabling two-factor authentication

Once your password is changed, it’s a good idea to turn on two-factor authentication for your account. With this enabled, you’ll get a security code on your phone each time you log into Twitter, and that code needs to be entered on the device you’re logging into your account on.

It’s a great way to add an extra layer of protection, and setting it up with Twitter is dead simple.

  1. Tap your profile icon near the top left.
  2. Tap Settings and privacy.
  3. Tap Account -> Security -> Login verification -> Start.
  4. Enter your password to verify your account and then tap the send code button to send a confirmation code to your phone.

Of course, you may just want to delete your Twitter account entirely if you feel it’s too much trouble.

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