"How do I keep my Twitter account safe and private?" Twitter posted an article to guide the user about the saftey tips. Twitter says, first, "you should know that attempts to directly "hack" Twitter are extremely rare, says Twitter.
The majority of account compromises actually happen as a direct result of "phishing" schemes. In the regard, Twitter says, that "they never sends emails that request your password or asks you to download attachments. Similarly, you will never have to enter your Twitter password into anything other than a Twitter log-in screen on the web and applications that you trust. You can always make sure that you're on the real Twitter site by checking the address bar in your browser--make sure the domain is Twitter.com."
Here're some additional important recommendations from Twitter's Safety Center:
- "Use a strong password with at least 10 characters and a combination of letters, numbers and other characters for your Twitter account. And use a unique password for each website you use (email, banking, etc.); that way, if one account gets compromised, the rest are safe. A personal email account that's compromised is the second most likely way an intruder gains access to Twitter accounts.
- Use HTTPS for improved security on Twitter. This is the same encryption technology that allows you to safely make payments online.
- We recommend linking your phone to your Twitter account. Doing this could save your account if you lose control of your personal email and/or password. Here's how to do it.
- If you think your account has been compromised, visit our help page for compromised accounts to find out how to fix it quickly," added Twitter.
You can find more information on Safety center.