Managing celebrity twitter accounts is a tough job when it comes to being politically correct. But being technically correct and hacker safe is equally important. Many politicians, Media personalities have been targeted by hackers where they hack into those accounts and post malicious stuff / controversial stuff.
e.g after the recent ban on muslim visas from certain countries, President Trumps twitter account will be under severe hacking attacks. He is one of the most prominent twitter users today and the team that handles it for him has been noticed taking strong twitter security steps.
Although a general twitter user’s account may not be as interesting to a hacker as a celebrity account, but still we can all strive to protect our profiles from people with malicious intentions.
According to Followersbiz.com, a popular social media marketing company dealing with celebrity social media management, the following security measures are a must have for all celebrities with twitter accounts.
Require personal information to reset your password.
First step towards securing your twitter account is to activate – Require personal information option in your twitter settings. This is something that twitter suggests we must do even for personal accounts. If this feature is active then a hacker needs to put in some personal information like phone number / alternate email id etc to be able to see the redacted password recovery email address.
Verify your log-in requests.
After activating personal information verification you must consider – Verify your login request information. You may have heard about two-factor authentication before on Gmail and many other web apps these days. This is the same technology with an easy to understand name. Using two-factor authentication means signing in with a special code in addition to your password. Generally companies send a short code via text / sms or their mobile app if you are using it.
This feature makes it tough for someone to hack into your account because they need to get hold of your phone / email both at the same time to be able to break this security layer.
Use an email address that doesn’t have your name attached to it:
For people who frequently login via the web portal from various machines and find two-factor authentication a pain in the bum, using a difficult-to-guess email address may be an option.
First thing someone trying to hack your account will do is to guess the email id associated with your twitter account. This can be done using the fogot password option where the partially hidden email is shown.
g if you name is Jason Cork, and the redacted email is shown is firstname.lastname@example.org it is not hard for someone to guess it. When they do, they may use various options to get more information out of it. Phishing is one of those.
Be aware of hackers posing to be twitter and other authority websites and sending you offers / warning / policy updates where they might try to take you to sites looking like twitter where you may try to login. But your login information will be collected by the hacker and used to break into your account soon.
So, double check every such sensitive mail and make sure they are from the right authority before acting
If you are using employing some third party to promote your twitter account by buying twitter followers, then you need to make sure they are a legitimate social media promotion company and they use legal promotion methods.
Illegal promotion ca land you in serious trouble.