Lately I’ve noticed an awful lot of the people I follow on Twitter fall victim to having their accounts hacked. More often than not, this hacking results in spammy tweets being shared without the users knowledge. This may explain your best friend’s latest tweet about making $585 from home yesterday and the link to find out how. The standard remedy most people try is a simple password change to cut off whomever hacked their account. Although that strategy would work for a more primative platform like email, Twitter, thanks to the rise of custom applications, is much more complex. It often takes more than a password change to keep out a hacker.
So why doesn’t a password change always work in this situation? It has to do with the fact that many phishing/hacking entities don’t access a Twitter account by logging in. They actually get in through application authorizations. In order to give these pests the boot, you’ll have to clean up the applications you’ve allowed access to your Twitter account. To do this, I’ve put together a simple guide to help you address this issue.
Step 1: Click “Settings” on your profile drop down menu. This is located in the upper right corner of your screen once you’ve logged in to Twitter.com. In case you can’t find it, I’ve included a screen shot of it below.
Step 2: Click the Applications tab in your settings menu. It’s located on the far right on the settings toolbar.
Step3: Identify the applications you don’t recognize or are not comfortable allowing access to your Twitter account and click “Revoke Access.” After you’ve revoked access, refresh the page and the pesky applications will disappear. See the image below for a look at what this button looks like.
It’s still a good idea to change your password after you’ve removed applications. Once you’ve done this, you should be free of phishers and hackers. Hopefully, you can avoid them in the future too.