My Twitter Has Been Hacked | How to Fix it

Has your Twitter account been sending spam direct messages to your followers? Lately I’ve seen a lot of Tweets like this one:

twitter hacked direct message
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:

Fix a Hacked Twitter Account

Step 1 | Log into Twitter.com

Step 2 | Go to your settings

twitter hacked settings

Step 3 | Go to apps

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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.

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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.

179 thoughts on “My Twitter Has Been Hacked | How to Fix it

  1. News You Can Use!! RT: @m_vince Twitter hacked? fix it: http://t.co/UiNDUuz

    August 31, 2011 at 5:00 pm
  2. My account is tweeting and sending spam. Here is a link on how to fix a hacked twitter account: http://t.co/U0Na632

    September 3, 2011 at 6:18 am
  3. @cdill your Twitter has been hacked bro. Here’s how to fix it: http://t.co/yZpOZ4J

    September 6, 2011 at 9:21 am
  4. @thelostologist Виж това – би трябвало да помогне http://t.co/liXHKBIS

    September 15, 2011 at 7:49 am
  5. Ако все пак сте го отворили, следвайте тези инструкции http://t.co/liXHKBIS

    September 15, 2011 at 7:55 am
  6. @vtcherneva Весела, това е спам. Ако си го отворила, отиди на http://t.co/liXHKBIS, за да не започнеш да изпращаш и ти.

    September 15, 2011 at 8:04 am
  7. @DinkaWitch Това е спам. Ако си го отворила, отиди на http://t.co/liXHKBIS, за да не започнеш да изпращаш и ти.

    September 15, 2011 at 8:36 am
  8. Другари, ако съм ви пратила някакви линкове – не съм аз. :) Останалото е ето тук: http://t.co/vfkh3Nzk Благодарности на @Joko

    September 15, 2011 at 8:54 am
  9. @Ninja_Squad Знам, знам. Ако сте го отворили, отидете на http://t.co/liXHKBIS, за да не започнете да изпращате и вие.

    September 15, 2011 at 9:26 am
  10. @stassnikoloff Знам. Ако си го отворил, отиди на http://t.co/liXHKBIS, за да не започнеш да изпращаш и ти.

    September 15, 2011 at 9:26 am
  11. @Ashton_Mucha http://t.co/f1nYzKvc that should help, it has pictures and everything! Ahaha

    September 19, 2011 at 3:15 am
  12. @tpaulding maybe this is better: someone said bad things about you on this blog http://t.co/aJhunj9T ;-)

    October 6, 2011 at 6:03 pm
  13. I was hacked so apologies for any spam dm’s or posts. Fixed it quite immediately I think. If you are affected => http://t.co/4vGOF1H4

    October 14, 2011 at 6:37 am
  14. My Twitter account has been hacked, so I apologize for the inconvenience to my followers. Here is how I fixed it. http://t.co/MWspJ0ef

    October 17, 2011 at 3:45 am
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    November 13, 2011 at 6:46 am
  16. @Johansson90_Fan Apparently your account continues to tweet something awkward.Have u changed the password? How to fix-> http://t.co/neQMElzU

    January 20, 2012 at 2:11 am
  17. @Mike_Breen oh know..hacked bro. fix it here http://t.co/9qzqoyAy

    March 7, 2012 at 1:50 am
  18. If your account gets hacked, here’s how you unhack it: http://t.co/2QuQyGsk

    March 11, 2012 at 11:25 pm
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    March 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm
  20. rajeevsoni106

    my twitter account has been hacked as i aint able to login to it..pls help me in how to fix it or deactivate this account ..thanks..!!!

    May 9, 2012 at 6:48 am
    1. Vince

      You should be able to click on the ‘Forgot Password?’ link below the login on Twitter. They will email you a link to change it

      May 9, 2012 at 12:02 pm
  21. How to undo apps that spam-tweet from your account: http://t.co/qItf4X64

    August 18, 2012 at 3:27 pm
  22. Some of your Twitter accounts were hacked. Here’s how to fix them: http://t.co/MXKAWBxp

    August 20, 2012 at 1:59 pm
  23. RT @m_vince: Some of your Twitter accounts were hacked. Here’s how to fix them: http://t.co/MXKAWBxp

    August 20, 2012 at 2:05 pm
  24. yikes our twitter got hacked! easy fix. sorry for the spam. http://t.co/kZrmfAhQ

    August 20, 2012 at 2:38 pm
  25. RT @m_vince: Some of your Twitter accounts were hacked. Here’s how to fix them: http://t.co/biCG4zs3

    August 20, 2012 at 3:09 pm
  26. Although I should’ve known better, I made the mistake of falling for this stupid trap. MUST READ: http://t.co/BC8uv75L http://t.co/4Y7bwx0g

    September 3, 2012 at 1:58 pm
  27. Although I should’ve known better, I made the mistake of falling for this stupid trap. MUST READ: http://t.co/BC8uv75L http://t.co/9OwsSWyX

    September 3, 2012 at 2:45 pm
  28. RT @PhilipFaiers: My Twitter account was hacked recently and fake tweets sent. Sorry for this. If it happens to you here’s a fix: http:/ …

    September 5, 2012 at 8:49 am
  29. Eva

    Hi my twitter account has been hacked but i cant fix it that way because i cant log in. it seems the person has changed my password or something? is there any way i can get into my account to delete it so that I can get a new one? this is so annoying because all my followers have unfollowed me no because of the spam! please help!

    September 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm
  30. Enesi

    i’ve revoked acess and changed password, but the person is still using it to insult my followers

    September 17, 2012 at 11:00 am
    1. Vince

      Sorry for the late reply…this got buried.

      Check the email on the account on twitter.com and make sure it’s yours

      October 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm
  31. Okay I think i’ve sorted it. Heres a link for those who might experience this in the future. http://t.co/3UV7o7K6

    October 9, 2012 at 4:35 pm
  32. @MaeMaeCafe here’s a quick step by step guide to fixing it http://t.co/f9aAHdzB

    October 15, 2012 at 11:24 am
  33. @noahnasrul > do what this link says. I know u tried the password, but there’s one other step
    http://t.co/UQmxXdh2

    October 16, 2012 at 10:12 pm
  34. @Councillorherb Your account still sending out spam. Here’s some help: http://t.co/M4Up94On

    October 23, 2012 at 11:53 am
  35. RT @AilsainSooke: @Councillorherb Your account still sending out spam. Here’s some help: http://t.co/M4Up94On

    October 23, 2012 at 1:04 pm
  36. My account was hacked, don’t click on private msg. Read this if you want to learn more, Thanks @BakerStStation http://t.co/e7z1p76q…

    October 23, 2012 at 3:16 pm
  37. Jose Ruiz

    Hello sir,
    I Got Hacked and I Follow your Tips and now i should not tell people my shit so thanks!
    Follow me @Deadmau5Ghosts on twitter :)

    October 24, 2012 at 11:59 pm
  38. @BigScizzle http://t.co/iFL2Z4id – how to stop it anyway

    November 2, 2012 at 8:59 am
  39. @MayorNils Your twitter acct is sending out spam via direct messages. Here is some help: http://t.co/M4Up94On

    November 3, 2012 at 10:18 pm
  40. if you ur hacked and someone is sending out Direct messages here are 7 steps to help you fix the problem.

    http://t.co/hsWvAT6Q

    November 8, 2012 at 5:41 pm
  41. @lennoxliverpool Here ya go, Lennox…Hope ya been well man
    http://t.co/U2oKwFxc

    December 6, 2012 at 10:31 pm
  42. yep RT @JenniferKoski: If you’ve been hacked, too, here’s how to fix it: http://t.co/K0ZbvyK6

    January 3, 2013 at 1:53 pm
  43. @Bubblemaker69 – here a link that might help -http://t.co/WH8tbdil

    January 4, 2013 at 3:54 pm
  44. Here’s a link to fix if your Twitter acct has been hacked: http://t.co/WH8tbdil

    January 6, 2013 at 2:35 am
  45. @PaulSmyth25 here’s some help: http://t.co/8UW5HWAY gives you step-by-step advice

    January 8, 2013 at 9:33 am
  46. http://t.co/oko5ncug @PuteriiSaifull try ni, tak tau boleh ke tak. haha.

    January 13, 2013 at 4:38 am
  47. @ChantalHbert @BDrainvillePQ @sylvain @stefjose Votre solution & aussi pourquoi il faut avoir des notions d’anglais :-) http://t.co/VFBFRRaH

    January 17, 2013 at 12:50 pm
  48. @DeeMag81 @Trigger158 easy fix, just follow the steps in this link – http://t.co/wXSZsIJa

    February 12, 2013 at 12:21 pm
  49. @GregKading Hey bro just wanted 2 let u know some1 hacked ur acct. It happen 2 me the other day heres a link 2 fix It http://t.co/T5N0j0pmkM

    February 27, 2013 at 11:18 am
  50. @_AmandaJeffrey http://t.co/lT0ThTIbIb follow this little guide it will fix it

    March 7, 2013 at 5:07 am
  51. @boljack @aizuddinsaiman and refer sini gak http://t.co/T4WxfuXDPB

    March 8, 2013 at 3:49 am
  52. @jikiejac go here! Maybe this will help ya http://t.co/S2ZEkpr2Dm

    March 11, 2013 at 3:32 pm
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  141. @BertieHak lees dit eens. Geeft een oplossing. http://t.co/ArsvIbBggz

    April 28, 2013 at 8:22 pm
  142. @JBruynooghe Good to know ! I just received one of those messages.
    Fix it, is very easy ! http://t.co/cqUDUesMS1

    August 2, 2013 at 6:05 am
  143. @eddireader http://t.co/lsSvH8zUir hope this helps to fix the hack!

    August 3, 2013 at 5:14 pm
  144. @racelline found a solution & this is not spam i swear hahaha http://t.co/9oqEL3qjrW

    August 9, 2013 at 12:01 pm
  145. @patricia_eddy @gingyanna And go to http://t.co/QdS5QFwMdp and read how to remove apps.

    September 21, 2013 at 2:52 am
  146. @johnmoe Make sure she checks the Application list to see if anything needs to be revoked too. (http://t.co/QdS5QFwMdp) @lilsheba

    September 24, 2013 at 10:11 pm
  147. @LucieeClosier this is for if your twitter is sending out spam.. but idk its worth a try? http://t.co/GQSxEG8yhV

    April 2, 2014 at 6:21 pm

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