How to Tell If Someone Else Is Using Your Twitter Account

Twitter has often been criticized in the past for its somewhat loose security measures. However, in recent years they have addressed this issue and tweeting has never been safer.

Still, no social media platform is perfect, and breaches do happen. If you’re concerned that someone else may have used your Twitter account, you’ll definitely want to know how to find out.

But would you be able to see exactly who has tampered with your Twitter profile? The answer is both yes and no. You may be able to detect suspicious activity, but it doesn’t mean you know who the culprit is.

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If you’re a regular Twitter user, you’ll probably be scrolling through your page several times a day, even if you’re just reading funny tweets instead of taking part in the political debate. But maybe you’re tweeting yourself too.

In that case, it is easier to notice suspicious activity on your Twitter account. Suddenly there are comments and mentions that you don’t remember posting. Or your DMs contain random messages.

This can be a major cause for concern so it is important to investigate the issue. You probably know exactly when you were last active on Twitter, which is great because you need that information.

The good news is that you can see all of your latest Twitter sessions and which devices they came from. The bad news is that if you have disabled the Precise Location feature, you may not be able to learn more about the problem. But first, let’s see how to check your active status and Twitter login history.

From iPhone or Android

Using Twitter through the iOS and Android apps is often more convenient than from the browser. The user interface is much more responsive and every time you refresh your feed there is that little noise that gives you a sense of reassurance.

So if you want to check your Twitter login history through the Twitter app, it’s an easy process. Regardless of whether you are using an iPhone or Android device, the steps will be the same:

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  1. Open the Twitter app on your phone and tap your profile picture in the top left corner of the screen.
  2. Scroll down and select the Settings and privacy choice.
  3. Select now Security and account accessfollowed by Apps and sessions.

At the top of the screen, you’ll see other apps associated with your Twitter account, but just below that, you’ll see the Sessions section. Twitter shows from your phone that you are now active and also displays your location.

However, you will also see a full list of currently active sessions. You can click on any of them and see the date, time, and location of the first login, as well as which device was used to access it.

You probably recognize all your devices and sessions, but you may also see activity and devices that you don’t recognize. So try to remember if you used a friend’s phone or logged in a few times at work. Don’t be put off by the location stamps either.

As mentioned, if the Precise location option is turned off, Twitter will not be able to find out the exact location of your logins. It will likely show several locations that are often hundreds of miles apart on the same day.

From PC or Mac

You can access your Twitter login history via a web browser, whether you are a Mac or PC user. The website looks the same and all the steps to check your sessions are the same, so let’s see what those steps look like:

  1. Open the Twitter web portal with any browser. Select on the left side of your home page More.
  2. A menu appears; select Settings and privacy.
  3. Select Security and account accessfollowed by Apps and sessions.

From there click sessions. The page will look exactly like when you open the Twitter app on your phone. Your current session will be marked as active with a blue color and you will see all other sessions under your activity status.

Download Twitter data

Another way to check if someone has used your Twitter account is to download all your Twitter data. You have neatly packed every interaction, post and image in a zip file. Please note that you can only request your complete archive once every 30 days. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Open the Twitter app or browser and select More.
  2. Select Settings and privacy, then your account.
  3. Select Download an archive of your data.
  4. Enter your password and confirm.

Under data and permissions, select Your Twitter data.

After a few minutes, your Twitter will collect all your data and you can then use the Download archive choice. You can then review all activities to see if there are any discrepancies.

Now that you can see all your Twitter sessions, you can identify the ones that shouldn’t be on the list. Even if Twitter missed the mark on location and that was a session you don’t remember, it’s probably best to log out anyway.

Log out of all devices – mobile

You can log out of a Twitter session using the Twitter app on your smartphone. It only takes a few taps on the screen. Follow all three steps from accessing Apps and session from the above section. And then follow these steps:

  1. Tap the session you want to log out of.
  2. Tap Sign Out on the displayed option of the device.
  3. Confirm your selection when a pop-up appears.

The session will immediately disappear from the list. You can then keep repeating these steps for any sessions that you are not sure about.

Log out of all devices – PC or MAC

Logging out of problematic sessions and devices on your Twitter account will look the same if you do it through a web browser.

Follow the steps above to access Apps and Sessions and log out of the desired session. Confirm your choice and you don’t have to worry anymore.

But there is another way to go that is probably a more cautious approach. You can choose to log out of all sessions at once. Twitter gives you this option to make sure you disable a threat, even if you’re not sure which one it was.

You can access this feature through the computer or the Twitter app. Instead of selecting one session at a time, click Log out all other sessions. Do not worry; your current session will remain active and Twitter will not log out automatically.

As far as security goes, that’s probably the best course of action, although you can do it however you want. If apps like TikTok, Instagram or others are linked to your Twitter account, consider unlinking them. Go to apps and Sessions>Apps>(Choose app)>Revoke access.

Safety precautions

Staying safe online is essential these days because you never know when your privacy could be compromised. Someone may be targeting you specifically, or unfortunately you may be downloading a bad virus onto your devices and social media accounts.

When it comes to preventative security measures, the general rule of thumb is to never share your username and password with anyone. Not even if a third-party app promises to get you more followers or if it’s somehow for your own good.

Also keep in mind that Twitter will never ask you to send your password via DM or even via email. Also, when Twitter registers a new login, be it a new device or IP address, it sends you an email notification.

You know you have to respond right away if you need to. The new login notification will also appear on the home page of your Twitter web portal to alert you.

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Change your password

It is always recommended to create a very strong password that consists of numbers, letters, capital letters and a reasonable length. Of course, everyone is more or less aware of this, but somehow people still tend to stick to their pet’s name and birthday dates.

Therefore, if you need to log out of all devices and sessions, it’s a good idea to change your password as well. You can do this using the Twitter web portal or the Twitter mobile app, and we’ll show you how to do both.

Log into your Twitter account using your browser and follow these steps:

  1. Select the More option and then click Settings and privacy.
  2. Select Account and then password.
  3. Enter your current password.
  4. Choose a new password. Make sure it is very safe.
  5. Confirm the changes by selecting Save.

The tricky part here is when you want to log in but can’t remember your current password.

That’s okay, because you can reset the password by going to the password settings page. Also note that this action will automatically log you out of every session except the one you use to change your password.

If you’re using an iPhone or Android phone to change your password by sending a password reset to your email address, do the following:

  1. If you are signed in to Twitter on your device, you must first sign out.
  2. Then select Login followed by Forgot your password?
  3. Enter your email address or username. If your phone number is linked to your Twitter account, you will receive a text message with the reset code. If not, you will receive the reset code by email.

Run antivirus

None of us likes to think about infecting our computers or other devices with a virus that has all kinds of unfortunate consequences.

How do you even know if your computer has a virus? Sometimes it’s obvious and sometimes not so obvious. A warning sign can be when your computer suddenly slows down and no longer performs as well as it used to. Also, random spam popping up everywhere is a real red flag.

Not being able to access your folders or social media accounts is never a good thing, but one of the creepiest events is when one of your Twitter friends sends you a message asking why you’re giving them that weird or suspicious link you sent.

What about photos and posts appearing in your feed that you have no idea where they’re coming from? This means it’s time to run an antivirus program on your device, computer, tablet, or smartphone to see what’s going on.

It’s probably best to choose trusted antivirus software and let it do its job rather than manually removing problematic installations. The software will perform a scan and then detect whether you have a virus or not. If it turns out that a virus has indeed attacked you, you should change all of your credentials, not just on Twitter.

However, if Twitter is the only place you’ve seen unwanted activity, and everything else seems fine, then you may have been hacked by someone who was able to log into your account. Either way, the same protocol applies; log out of all sessions and change the password.

Your Twitter account is just for you

By this we mean that it may not be a good idea to share your login details, even with your friends and family. Not because of a lack of trust, but because it’s so easy to forget when we signed up, where we left our phones, and most importantly, who has access to them.

There’s no reason to be paranoid about anyone else using your Twitter account, but there’s no reason to be careless about it either.

Have you ever had someone hack your Twitter account? Let us know in the comments below.

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