What to do if your Twitter account is hacked: Do this if your X account is compromised
After a slew of high-profile users have seen their X accounts hacked, security concerns for all platform users have been highlighted.
High-profile users on X, formally known as Twitter, have been hacked, leading many users to question the security of their accounts. One of these users was Donald Trump Jr., with hackers posting that his father had passed away and attacks on Presidnet Joe Biden. The posts have since been deleted, with representatives for the former president’s son announcing the hack.
The social media platform has released some guidance for those whose accounts are hacked.
First things first
The first and most crucial step is to change your password. This will ensure that those who have gained access are blocked from doing any further damage. Additionally, verifying that the e-mail registered with the account belongs to you and has not been hacked is critical to rebuilding the security of your X account.
For those who would like to add an additional layer of security to their account, activating two-factor authentication provides just that. With this feature, anyone attempting to log in to your account will be asked to provide a verification code sent to the associated telephone number.
The threat of third-party applications
X also recommends checking the privacy settings for other cellphone applications connected to your account. Hackers may be accessing your X account through profiles on other third-party applications. “While logged in, visit Apps in your settings. Revoke access for any third-party application that you don’t recognize,” advises the platform. If the breach was associated with one of these applications, the password for that account should also be changed.
Musk announces that X will move towards a fully subscriber-based model
Unlike nearly all other social media platforms, X owner Elon Musk announced this week that all users would be forced to pay to use the platform. When making the announcement, Musk did not call attention to the company’s revenue problems, saying the choice was motivated by the “vast armies of bots.” The timeline for when the subscriptions will be required to use the application has not been announced.