Social media accounts are hacked every day, giving access to pertinent information and loved ones without our consent. And without right safety measures, your account could be next. Twitter’s most recent attack may make you think twice about what information you share and with whom. Fortunately, we’ve narrowed down everything you need to know to keep your personal data as safe as possible.
Twitter’s Massive 2020 Hack
Recently, the news has been filled with stories of Twitter’s massive hack that has all of its users concerned. According to The Atlantic, the entire social media platform was hacked in mid-July, and the hacker(s) was able to send tweets from politicians and celebrities including Joe Biden and Elon Musk. This attack has resulted in the FBI and other agencies looking further into the attack and Twitter’s security measures to prevent further future damage and to keep personal data safe.
Over 130 accounts were exposed and possibly compromised. Since then, the accounts have been locked until Twitter is able to investigate potential damage further and re-open them securely. Using Twitter’s in-house tools, the hackers sent unauthorized tweets promoting a bitcoin scam. It’s unclear what else hackers were able to access, such as direct messages that aren’t encrypted.
Signs Your Account Has Been Hacked
It might not always be obvious that your account has been hacked, but here are a few red flags to watch out for:
- Emails or messages saying your account information has been changed when you haven’t made any changes.
- Unauthorized posts, messages or photos that you didn’t post.
- Unauthorized friend requests sent or accepted.
- Suspicious logins from other devices.
- New applications or games that you didn’t buy.
What Should I Do if My Account is Hacked?
Each social media platform has different procedures if your account is hacked. Here’s what you need to do immediately after you notice something is suspicious.
- Report your account as being hacked immediately.
- Change your password right away. If your social media’s password has been used for any other accounts, change those passwords immediately and check to make sure there hasn’t been any unauthorized activity.
- Check to make sure there aren’t any new friend requests or groups that you haven’t approved of.
- Make sure there weren’t any unauthorized photos, messages or posts on your behalf. If so, report them immediately.