Social Networks

Published on April 1st, 2013 | by Mark

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Twitter

An online social networking and microblogging service that lets you send and read ‘tweets; which are text messages that can be up to 140 characters long.

Enter The Twitter

‘Be tricky’, is Twitter’s suggestion for setting up a good password and it requires you to pick one that’s at least six characters long. Your password can be a mix of symbols, numbers, uppercase and lowercase  letters.

Tweeting Safe

Twitter does not provide users with the options to enable secure browsing or two-step verification from their account. However you can set it up so that you receive ‘login verification’ requests via text messages on your mobile phone or on your Twitter app. This lets you approve any login to your account after verifying the time and location that it has been affected, and only then allow someone to access the account.

Security Settings On Twitter

Twitter gives you a variety of security settings you can configure from the account settings page. To edit your settings, click on the gear icon at the top right of the screen and then click on the ‘Security and privacy’ section on the left-hand menu. You can use this menu to set up login verification and set up security questions should you need to reset your password in the case that you have forgotten it.

You can use the same page to find privacy controls to limit who can view your tweets or interact with you on Twitter. To edit your password, click on the ‘Password’ section. You can also review all the apps that have access to your Twitter account in the ‘Apps’ section and revoke access as needed.

Privacy Policy

Twitter may share or disclose your information when you authorize a third-party web client or application to access your Twitter account. Twitter also shares your private personal information with service providers subject to the same privacy policy Twitter upholds and on the condition that these third parties use your private personal data only on Twitter’s behalf and according to their instructions.

Tweet-bye

Deleting your Twitter account and all of its content is very simple to do. Access the account settings page by clicking on the gear icon at the top of the page and scroll down to the bottom of the ‘Account’ page. Click on the ‘Delete my account’ link to go on the deletion page, where you will be given all the information about the consequences of removing your account. Click on the blue deactivation button to start the deactivation process. Twitter keeps your user data for 30 days and then it will be permanently deleted. You can reactivate your account at any point within 30 days of deactivation by logging back in.

Hacking Concerns

Owing to Twitter’s great popularity as a social media website, it has frequently been the target of hackers who tried to get access to user accounts. There are numerous mentions on the news of Twitter accounts being hacked and users should beware and choose strong passwords to ensure their accounts are safe.

Third Party Apps On Twitter

Twitter lets users integrate a variety of third-party applications into their account. These third-party applications may collect personal information from your account and process it according to their own privacy policies rather than Twitters. Users are suggested to review third parties’ privacy policies to find out their data practices before allowing access by these applications or web services to their accounts.

Tools For Tracking Your Data

Twitter doesn’t give users many options to help them track down the security of their information. It does however provide tools for managing linked services and you can revoke access to data sharing with these services whenever you want by going on the ‘Apps’ section of the account settings page.

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