Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Twitter Security Do’s and Don’ts

Twitter Security Do's and Don'ts

Twitter Security Do's and Don'ts

By Alexander Moya Barquero of Tecnovits. Follow him @twivits.

twitter-securityTwitter can be dangerous. That being said, Twitter is fun, useful, informative and overall entertaining; in this guest post I'd like to build upon my previous post 11 Useful Twitter Tools That Don't Require Your Password and talk a little about security do's and don'ts.

Twitter has become the place for events that are happening now, however with great technology, comes great responsibility. The following list contains a few basic measures we can take to ensure Twitter remains safe and fun:

Security Don'ts:

  1. Never use your password on suspicious third party sites, hundreds pop up everyday and we can not know for sure witch ones are legit.
  2. Don't be too specific: there's a big difference between "Just bought a gazillion caret ring on XX Avenue, leaving store now" and "Just bought and engagement ring, wish me luck!"
  3. On that note, say it, don't spray it: Don't spit excessive personal information, this is about as dangerous on Twitter as it is on any other social network.
  4. Call the police, don't tweet about it!: inspired by recent news involving celebrity blogger Perez Hilton and Black Eyed Peas front man Will.I.Am.
  5. Don't tweet about moving servers, changing passwords or any other type of situation where your security could be compromised more easily.

Security Do's:

  1. There are hundreds of twitter tools everywhere, so try to use oath whenever possible (Oauth lets third party tools access your twitter's information in a safe way as long as you're logged on Twitter). In your Twitter Settings you can manage witch applications have access to your data and which don't in the Connection tab.
  2. Choose a strong password: Twitter's famous attacks have been known to start by a hacker guessing someone's password. I recommend using a strong password generator.
  3. Do use direct messages when appropriate, not everything is meant to be said in the wild.
  4. Consider having a private separate account for work or project related purposes.
  5. Finally, have fun! It's not about being paranoid .)

What other security do's and don'ts would you recommend? Share those important tips with us on the comment section!

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