Twitter has just about a billion registered users with around 271 million monthly active users. The social media platform is the second most popular and accessed network behind coming in just behind the reigning king, Facebook. With so many of us using Twitter on a daily basis along with rising concerns over online privacy, data breaches and general security having a clear picture on the steps you can take to improve what you’re sharing and what’s being tracked ain’t a bad thing.
In the wake of Twitter’s controversial move to push users’ favorite tweets into other people’s news feeds it might be a good time to adjust your privacy and security settings in Twitter. To update these settings you’ll need to visit the ‘desktop’ version of Twitter. This will give you access to the entire range of settings for quick and easy updating.
Tips for updating your Twitter security settings
- Verify all account logins by sending requests to your phone – though that by doing so you may be compromising your anonymity since an account is now tied.
- Require personal information to reset password
Enabling the above security settings will make it tougher for someone to access your account and it will keep you informed if someone tries too. Select both options by clicking the ‘gear’ icon and then selecting Security and privacy from the menu.
Protect your privacy on Twitter through these settings
- Don’t allow anyone to tag you in photos
- Keep tweet location off
- Disable discoverability by email address
- Consider protecting your tweets
The above privacy settings can really lock your account down and make it and your associated tweets far less visible to others. True, this goes against what Twitter is all about – being social and sharing with others, however, if you like using Twitter, but aren’t comfortable broadcasting to ‘everyone’ outside your sphere of tweeps then changing these Twitter privacy settings can help.
If you want to keep up with Twitter’s privacy policies (along with other social media network policies) try using the CitizenMe app too.
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