Earlier this week, I got a message through Twitter from a writing friend. I’d never heard from her through Twitter before. Usually she just picks up the phone. We live pretty close and see each other every few weeks. But it was late. Not calling made sense in light of the time.
I messaged her back and had a message waiting the next morning. The voice sounded off. That’s how you know I’m a writer. I notice the voice. I left the account open and gave her a call.
Yes, her Twitter account had been hacked. But she had changed the password the night before. It seemed odd that someone was still messaging in her name. I told her I’d see if I could report the message and I’d e-mail her back.
If your Twitter account gets hacked, it is going to take more than a new password to keep the hacker out. If the hacker is using an app and is still signed in, just changing the password won’t stop them. Why? Because they are already in. To kick them out and keep them out, set a new password and then follow these steps.
- While you are online, select “settings and privacy” in your account directory.
- From this screen, click “Apps and Devices.”
- This will take you to yet another screen. On this screen, you will see the list “Apps connected to your Twitter account.” Click on the button “revoke access.” This will sign them out and, because they don’t have the new password, it should keep them out.
It seems like a lot of work but this seems to have worked for my friend. Hopefully you won’t need to know how to do this. But, just in case, there it is.