What to do if your Twitter account is hacked

No matter how careful you are, there is always going to be the possibility that your account could be compromised. Apart from the hassle there is the trouble this could get you into, imagine the problems you could have, if someone else was sending rude and offensive messages to your followers using your account!

If you have noticed any of the following, then your Twitter account may have been hacked;

Noticed unexpected Tweets by your account.

Seen unintended DM’s (direct messages) sent from your account.

Observed other account behaviours you didn’t make or approve (like following, unfollowing, or blocking).

Received a notification from us stating that, “You recently changed the email address associated with your Twitter account” (even though you haven’t changed your email address)

What to do next, if you feel that your Twitter account has been compromised, below are some ideas;

Delete any unwanted Tweets that were posted while your account was compromised.

Scan your computers for viruses and malware, especially if unauthorized account behaviours continue to be posted after you have changed the password.

Install security patches for your operating system and applications

Always use a strong, new password you don’t use elsewhere and would be difficult to guess.

Visit our Safe Tweeting page for more information on avoiding hacks and phishing

Source [Twitter]