Twitter Hacked Again? How to protect your account from vulnerabilities in 3rd Party Apps
Listen up Twitter users. This is a simple, but very important message that you really need to take heed and not question, just do it. I’m going to tell you how. Every once in awhile I have to just put my old tech hat on and go into tech support mode again.
Now for anyone working in marketing, social media or anyone that may be using a 3rd Party app on Twitter called Twitter Counter, please revoke access to it IMMEDIATELY before your account gets used in the attack. Immediately means right now.
Do it now for your own personal Twitter accounts as well as any brand accounts you manage. Although I hate to come down on Twitter Counter, but unfortunately this isn’t their first time being the weak link. So if this is something you depend on, then it’s time to find something that can do the job and more secure.
Now the question some may have is, how to revoke Twitter Counter’s access? I’m making it easy for you. Just do the following and you should be ok.
Depending on your device this is how you revoke Twitter Counter or any others.
- Log into Twitter
- Go to Settings
- Click on Apps
- Search for “The Counter”
- Click/Tap on “Revoke Access”
Now while you’re at it, revoke any other applications you’re not currently using or applications you no longer need.
The reason why this is important is that recently a Turkish Political Hacker hacked a number of high-profile Twitter accounts early Wednesday, March 15, 2017 and began posting messages with the hashtags swastikas, something about #Nazialmanya and #Nazihollanda. Hundreds of Twitter accounts were compromised — including @Forbes, @BBC America, @CBSTVStudios, the Atlanta, GA Police Department various sports teams and other verified users — all tweeted a message in Turkish overnight.
Sometimes it’s not about inviting people to follow, but informing. If you would like to learn more about connecting or revolving third-party applications in Twitter, please visit be https://support.twitter.com/articles/76052.
Third-party applications are applications built on the Twitter platform by external developers, and are not owned or operated by Twitter. When you connect a third-party application to your Twitter account, you are granting that application access to use your account. Depending on its permissions, an authorized application may be able to use your account in various ways, including reading your Tweets, seeing who you follow, updating your profile, posting Tweets on your behalf, accessing your Direct Messages, or seeing your email address. Some are good and you should have, but like everything, you should always use caution and do some research to determine whether they’re trustworthy or suspicious.
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