Oh no, you’ve been hacked! Whether you are building up your followers or just tweeting friends, having your twitter account hacked is not fun, but it can be fixed and back under your control quickly in just seven easy steps.
What Does A Hacked Twitter Account Do?
A hacked Twitter account embarrasses and infuriates you. Even worse than that, it can cause you to lose many of the followers that you have worked so hard to build up. I have no problem identifying Twitter accounts that have been hacked because I get so many direct messages from them every day. Some of them say…
- Hey someone is making horrible rumors about you…link added
- Are these rumors about you true? link added
- LOL…I am laughing so hard at this pic of me my friend found link added
- Your naked pic is posted here link added
- Hi this user is posting nasty rumors about you…link added
- did you see this crazy tweet about you? link added
Do you want to see what they look like? I’m happy to show you!
If I were to click on any of those links, my Twitter account would immediately be compromised. Instead of just deleting the message, I always send a direct message back that says something like, “Hacked or hacker? You sent me this message…” and then I copy the message they sent to me. Most of the time, the person is very grateful that I let them know because they had no idea that they were hacked.
If you see the following activities, then you have probably been hacked:
- Other people tell you that they are getting strange messages from you.
- When looking at the sent DM’s (Direct Messages) sent from your account, you notice that they were sent from your account, but not by you.
- You get an email from Twitter stating that you recently changed your password even though you know that you haven’t changed your password recently.
- Your followers are either increasing or decreasing much faster than usual.
- An email from Twitter is sent to verify that you changed the email associated with your Twitter account even though you haven’t changed it recently.
- You notice tweets from your account that you didn’t tweet.
7 Steps To Fix Your Hacked Twitter Account
Fixing your compromised Twitter account is not hard to do if you follow these seven easy steps.
# 1 Up in the right-hand corner of your Twitter account is the silhouette of a man’s profile. Click the MAN. A drop down box will appear. Click SETTINGS.
On the next page, you will see two columns. Your choices in the left column controls what you will see in the right column.
# 2 Click PASSWORD in the left column. The right column will populate with the PASSWORD page which states, “Change your password or recover your current one.”
You will also see three blank boxes: Current password, New password, Verify password. Fill in your CURRENT PASSWORD, create a strong, NEW PASSWORD and retype the new password in the blank for VERIFY PASSWORD.
Now click SAVE CHANGES.
# 3 With the password changed, go to the left column and click ACCOUNT and verify that all the information is correct, especially the email address. If it isn’t correct, change the hacker’s information to your own and click the SAVE SETTINGS button at the bottom of the page.
# 4 The next step is to ensure that the hacker does not have a way back into your Twitter account.
In the left column, click APPS which is an abbreviation for APPLICATIONS. To the right, a list will populate of all the applications or third-party sites that have access to your Twitter account. Unfortunately, it is not easy to identify which, if any, of the third-party applications has gone awry. The easiest way to determine if this is the “hacker” problem is to delete each application.
Right down the name of all the applications, then click the REVOKE ACCESS button located to the right of the name of the application.
Don’t add any applications back to your Twitter account for a few days to ensure that all that strange activity has stopped. Then add one application back at a time being sure to leave a few days between each addition. If an application was the cause of your Twitter problems, adding the applications back one at a time will help you determine which one, if any, was compromised.
As you add back each application, be sure to change your password in the application too. This will prevent you from being locked out of your Twitter account because of failed login attempts.
There are also a few more steps you need to do:
# 5 DELETE all the tweets that were posted while your Twitter account was hacked.
# 6 SCAN your computer for worms, malware, viruses and spyware to ensure that nothing else has been infected. Be sure that your anti-virus software is up to date.
# 7 Ensure that the UPDATED SECURITY PATCHES for your operating system and applications have been installed.
The last unofficial step is to pat yourself on the back because you fixed your hacked Twitter account! Your account should be secure now and void of all those nasty tweets and other unexpected account behaviors. If you are still having issues with your account, file a SUPPORT request for more help from Twitter.
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