A Guide To Being Safe On Twitter

The internet in many ways resembles the Wild West of the 1950s where anything is possible. Anyone with a gun can have their way on anything; now, anyone with an access to internet can have their way on anything. Because of this we have to resort to tools like encryption, privacy modes, authorized access, etc, to have barriers for protection from unwanted eyes. Over the years many social media platforms have been the victim of intrusion far more diabolically than any other facet of the internet. Twitter for instance, has been one of the victims of this as a social platform — which in-turn need, and do resort to offering privacy modes to further protect user info. In order to further promote the value of privacy, in this article i’ll be sharing a few steps that i found helpful when trying to be safe on Twitter.

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Here are some tips i follow:

  1. A rational Twitter profile picture and name. Before clicking into and viewing anyones profile, when searched one would in most occasions see ones name and profile picture as a user in a tile graphic. That in most occasions is what it takes for wandering eyes to get attracted. So, what is acceptable? i’d say have something being acceptable in a workplace and in a social setting is perfect. In other words, making something the least questionable by all point of views; from your parents, employers, friends, public, etc, are a few of many considerations. If that’s difficult, simply ask people form each of those categories about what they think in person.
  2. Have a unique password. This might be an obvious suggestion, but you’d be surprised to know how many people have their account hacked just by their password. Its not just about meeting the appropriate color on the security bar or number when making your password, but making it actually unique. You should make it unique enough to have it special for a particular account, and not just expanded or abbreviated by a sequence of numbers, signs or letters. My advice is to have a completely unique password far apart from your name, date of birth, address, and passwords from your other account.
  3. Personalized Twitter privacy settings. If you didn’t know about this, get to know it by going on to the settings page. On a computer you can access this by clicking your twitter profile picture on the top right side of the screen (left to the Tweet button); you’ll see the settings tab. On mobile from you profile tap the gear icon to get to the settings page. Once you’re there, under privacy and safety settings you’ll find what to adjust to personalize your privacy settings for your needs. Under this tab you can adjust under what condition you would get tagged in photos; who will see your tweets; what information you want people to see; adjust how messaging will be read and handled; and adjust the viewing of sensitive media both incoming and outgoing. Again these are abbreviated versions of each of the options; but, these are some of the ways under the privacy and safety tab one can handle safety. There are many other tabs within settings you can personalized in the name of security; blocked accounts, muted accounts, muted words, are a few more tabs to considering using.

Again my list isn’t strictly based on objective strategies that work, guaranteed; but, is my personal suggestion. There are still many more things one can do to protect themselves on twitter, as nobody can be overly safe. For a beginner however, this can definitely be considered a starting point.

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