Has your Twitter account been sending spam direct messages to your followers? Lately I’ve seen a lot of Tweets like this one:
It’s from a friend, and to someone new to Twitter might look innocent enough to click on. If you click on that link it will ask you to log in with Twitter to ‘see the photo’ and that’s when you handed over the ability for that app to send tweets on your Twitter account. Hacked! Boo!
I try not to spend too much time on 101 level stuff but this has been happening to a lot of people in my network and I’ve been asked 100 times how to fix it. Without further delay here’s how to fix your hacked Twitter account:
Step 1 | Log into Twitter.com
Step 2 | Go to your settings
Step 3 | Go to apps
Step 4 | Revoke access of any app you are unsure of. If in doubt; revoke access. If it’s something you use you will be able to re-engage it later. This is the reason your Twitter account was hacked. You gave a bogus app access to your Twitter account and it was posting bogus tweets to your followers.
Step 5 | Change your Twitter password. This is a no-brainer…do it.
Step 6 | Don’t get your Twitter hacked again. When you use Twitter as a login on some site you may be giving the site permission to post to your Twitter account so be sure an read the fine print.