What’s hidden within Twitter Settings?
If you’re anything like me, you don’t tend to spend your weekends lingering around your social media settings. Maybe we should! There are a lot of great settings that can increase our productivity and the security of our accounts. Today we’re specifically looking into how to make the most out of our Twitter Settings.
If you’re specifically interested in how to increase the security of your Twitter account, keep an eye out for this icon:
Let’s jump in!
Twitter Settings: Account
Most of the Account area of Twitter Settings is pretty straight-forward, but I did want to highlight a few must-clicks here!
First of all, did you know that Twitter allows sensitive material? If you have sensitive material, it might be appropriate to checkmark the ‘Mark media I tweet as containing material that may be sensitive’. This can protect your account from being blocked by followers or closed by Twitter.
The next is video autoplay. Do you like the ease that comes with not having to click on videos to play them, or does it feel bothersome to see videos autoplaying? You can decide!
Lastly, see that ‘Request your archive’ button? Yes! You can actually download an archive of your tweets! That’s pretty cool, especially if you don’t use a third party scheduler (as they usually keep a record for you).
Here’s what it includes:
- Tweet ID
- The Status ID and User ID related to any replies
- The text of the tweet with the URL (and emojis!)
- The Status ID and User ID related to any retweets
- The retweet’s timestamp
- The full URL (if yours was shortened)
Twitter Settings: Security and Privacy
Security. Booooooring, right? Well, sure – it’s super boring until you learn your account has been breached. THEN it becomes front-of-mind!
Really important Security Twitter Settings include:
- Verify login requests: This setting is, essentially, Two-Factor Authentication. Whenever you login to Twitter, there is an extra layer of security that prevents you having full access until you insert a code that is sent to the mobile number on file. Is this important? Ask anyone who has had their account taken out from under them. Yes!
- P.S. Make sure to save the extra backup code somewhere safe! This will be useful if you lose your phone.
- Password reset. If someone gets through the layers of security you’ve put into place, they can change your password and prevent you from logging in ever again (unless you’re a super hacker like they are!) This setting will require them to know additional personal information about you before it allows them to change your password. Really important!
- Always require a password to log into my account. This is another layer of protection. Normally, if you’ve forgotten your password, you can request a temporary login code via email or text message. Twitter will send you a login code if you’ve forgotten your password while attempting to login via iOS. The one-time login code will allow you to jump straight into your account without needing a password. If you don’t want this to be an option in fear someone else might get their hands on your login code, check this box. Checking this box offers just one more layer of security for your account.
- Quickly before we move on, the reason some folks choose this option is because if someone hacks into their email, they could potentially also hack into their Twitter account and therefore, have access to the code that is generated. Might seem far-fetched – I’ll leave it for you to decide if this is overkill or not. 🙂
The Privacy area of Twitter Settings has a lot to look through. These are a few of the most notable.