Twitter can be dangerous. That being said, Twitter is fun, useful, informative and overall entertaining; in this guest post I’d like to build upon my previous post 11 Useful Twitter Tools That Don’t Require Your Password and talk a little about security do’s and don’ts.
Twitter has become the place for events that are happening now, however with great technology, comes great responsibility. The following list contains a few basic measures we can take to ensure Twitter remains safe and fun:
- Never use your password on suspicious third party sites, hundreds pop up everyday and we can not know for sure witch ones are legit.
- Don’t be too specific: there’s a big difference between “Just bought a gazillion caret ring on XX Avenue, leaving store now” and “Just bought and engagement ring, wish me luck!”
- On that note, say it, don’t spray it: Don’t spit excessive personal information, this is about as dangerous on Twitter as it is on any other social network.
- Call the police, don’t tweet about it!: inspired by recent news involving celebrity blogger Perez Hilton and Black Eyed Peas front man Will.I.Am.
- Don’t tweet about moving servers, changing passwords or any other type of situation where your security could be compromised more easily.
- There are hundreds of twitter tools everywhere, so try to use oath whenever possible (Oauth lets third party tools access your twitter’s information in a safe way as long as you’re logged on Twitter). In your Twitter Settings you can manage witch applications have access to your data and which don’t in the Connection tab.
- Choose a strong password: Twitter’s famous attacks have been known to start by a hacker guessing someone’s password. I recommend using a strong password generator.
- Do use direct messages when appropriate, not everything is meant to be said in the wild.
- Consider having a private separate account for work or project related purposes.
- Finally, have fun! It’s not about being paranoid .)
What other security do’s and don’ts would you recommend? Share those important tips with us on the comment section!
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