Twitter is a status-update network. Users “tweet” content that is under 280 characters including text, photos, videos and links to other sites. Twitter hashtags allow you to tag posts so you can see what other users are saying about similar topics. It boasts nearly 400 million active monthly users with 500 million Tweets sent daily.
Twitter encourages starting conversations and sharing information in a public atmosphere – as reflected in their initial/basic security settings. However, you can easily adjust your Twitter privacy settings.
Our Twitter privacy settings tutorial includes direct links to some account settings — you must be already logged into Twitter to be correctly directed.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR TWITTER PROFILE PRIVATE
Making your profile private so only your approved followers may see your tweets, retweets and follower/following lists is simple.
To make your Twitter account private, click on the More button in the left-hand menu.
Then select Settings and Privacy.
From the Settings page, select Privacy and safety in the middle column.
When you enter the Privacy and safety section, you’ll be presented with all of the options for managing your privacy in the far-right column. To ensure you Tweets are only seen by your followers, click on Audience and tagging.
Once there, you’ll want to check the box Protect your Tweets.
A small padlock icon will now appear next to your Twitter handle indicating your account is private.
HOW TO PROHIBIT YOUR TWEETS FROM APPEARING IN SEARCH ENGINES
By making your Twitter account private and selecting Protect your Tweets in the privacy settings, your tweets will not appear in search engine results like Google and Yahoo.
HOW TO CHANGE YOUR TWITTER PASSWORD
Good password hygiene means regularly changing your password. Changing your Twitter password is easy.
As instructed above, click on the More tab in the left-hand menu and again select Settings and privacy to go to the Settings page. That page defaults to the Your account tab.
In the right-hand column, select Change your password.
You’ll then be asked to enter your existing password, your new password, and then verify the new password.
You must enter your old password before submitting any changes, which helps ensure no one else can change your password without your knowledge.
HOW TO ENABLE DUAL-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION ON TWITTER
Dual-factor authentication acts as an additional layer of security against account takeover/hacking. It requires you to use both your password and mobile phone as verification methods when logging in.
To enable this feature, navigate to the Settings page by clicking More in the left-hand column and selecting Settings and privacy.
Once on the Settings page, choose Security and account access from the middle column.
Select Security from the right-hand column.
You’ll then be presented with the option to activate two-factor authentication. Click that option.
At this point, you can choose the method you’d like to use for the second authentication step:
- Getting the authentication code sent to your mobile phone via text message
- Using an authentication app that will generate the verification code
- Having a security key that is inserted into your device when you log in to Twitter.
Simply choose the method you prefer.
HOW CAN I CONTROL MY PRIVACY ON TWITTER?
Twitter now provides much greater control to users for what they share and, more importantly, what information about them is shared. The Privacy and safety section of Settings, for example, not only allows users to make their account private, they can also control who can find their account, block other users, prevent Twitter from sharing information about your account with their business partners, and even stop your followers from knowing which Spaces on Twitter you visit.