Do ALL those apps need access?
There are some terrific third party applications on Twitter which make life so much easier.
With the recent hacks on the PlayStation Network and similar, it’s maybe time to check out exactly what you’ve left your Twitter account open to.
On Twitter it’s so easy to see a comment from another trustworthy user about an add-on they use, how useful it’s been – so you give it a try.
On my own account I’ve tried Seesmic and Tweetdeck, before I settled for Hootsuite.
How to clear out the apps.
Log in to your Twitter account at www.twitter.com.
On the top menu bar click on the picture of the head (right hand side)
Then on the drop down menu select ’settings’.
Then select ‘apps’ from the drop down list
Here are some of the applications I allow access to my account. (To stop an application simply select Revoke Access).
For information on phishing attacks, see this page by Graham Cluley who runs the Naked Security blog at Sophos
If Twitter has become your ‘reputation engine’ then do you really want to rely on SO MANY companies having access to you?
A security update
When you give an application access to your Twitter account, you should see a request from Twitter to you saying ‘Do you want to allow this?’. If, instead, the application requests your username and password for Twitter it’s probably a good idea to not use that application.
You have no idea of the levels of security on the application platform. (I’ve got no idea how good Twitter is, but I’d rather not trust TOO many bits of software with my user name and password).
Are you interested in e-safety? If so, click here for security settings for FaceBook and details of a fantastic free resource.