Twitter privacy settings on iPhone: Relaxed level

Learn how to change your privacy settings on Twitter using iPhone. These steps adjust your privacy and security settings to Relaxed level protection.
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How to keep your account from getting hacked

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Set a strong password

What for: So you don’t get hacked.

If you use a short and simple password, cybercriminals can guess it and hijack your account. The complex and longer the password, the stronger it is. Use a strong password that:

  • Consists of 8-20 characters.
  • Contains lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers, and special characters ($, @, etc.).
  • Is not an actual word or easy-to-guess phrase.
  • Is not the same as your passwords for any other accounts.
  • Does not consist of information that strangers could easily find out (your name, date of birth, pet's name etc. or those of your relatives and friends).

To change your password:

  1. Open the menu by tapping the icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
  2. Go to the Settings and privacy section.
  3. Select Account.
  4. Tap Password.
  5. Enter the current password for your Twitter account.
  6. Enter a new strong password twice.
  7. Tap Done.

Enable two-factor authentication

What for: So you definitely don’t get hacked.

Twitter can prompt you to enter an additional one-time code every time you log into your account. If cybercriminals attempt to hack your account, they will not be able to log in without this code. The code can be received in different ways: via a text message (SMS) or using an authentication app.

To enable two-factor authentication:

  1. Open the menu by tapping the icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
  2. Go to the Settings and privacy section.
  3. Select Account.
  4. Tap Security.
  5. Select Two-Factor Authentication.
  6. Select the authentication method:
  7. Text message — receive a one-time code via SMS.
  8. Authentication app — a one-time code is generated in a dedicated app such as Authy or Google Authenticator.
  9. Security key — a one-time code is generated using a USB authorization device such as YubiKey.
  10. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  11. When two-factor authentication is enabled, you will see a dialog box with a one-time backup code. Copy it and store it in a safe place. You need this code to access your account if you lose your phone. Note that you can log in using the backup code only in the web version of Twitter.

You can get the code later by selecting Backup code in the Additional methods section.

A hardware security key can be used only with the web version of Twitter and only in combination with two-factor authentication via SMS or a mobile app.

Downside: if you use authentication via SMS, Twitter can use the specified phone number to configure targeted ads.


How to keep your personal info private

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Stop Twitter from detecting your location

What for: To use device resources sparingly and hide from cybercriminals.

Twitter detects the approximate location of users based on the IP address. However, the app can also collect information about your precise location so you can geotag your posts and view targeted ads and recommendations. Note that if you once geotag your tweet, all your subsequent posts will be geotagged automatically until you disable this feature.

Transmission of geodata increases traffic usage and drains the battery. Information about your location can also help cybercriminals stage phishing attacks.

Precise location tracking is disabled by default, but we recommend checking this setting.

  1. Open the menu by tapping the icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
  2. Go to the Settings and privacy section.
  3. Select Privacy and safety.
  4. Go to Precise location.
  5. Clear the check mark next to Precise location.

The app for iOS does not allow you to remove geotags from previously published tweets. To do so, follow instructions for the Web version.

Downside: Third-party services can also geotag your tweets and do not always warn you explicitly.


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Exclude offensive posts from your news feed

What for: To keep your peace of mind.

You can stop tweets containing specific words, hashtags, and smiley faces from appearing in your news feed and notifications. This lets you hide unwanted posts.

To configure the filter:

  1. Open the notification feed (by tapping the bell icon).
  2. Tap the cogwheel icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Tap Muted.
  4. Select Muted words.
  5. Tap Add and type a word or phrase tweets with which you do not want to see.
  6. In the Mute from section, chose where to apply the filter: to the home timeline and/or the notification feed.
  7. Choose the type of users to whose tweets the filter will be applied: Anyone or From people you don’t follow.
  8. In the Duration section, select for how long the filter should be effective.
  9. Tap Save in the upper right corner of the screen.

By default, it is applied forever to both the home timeline and the notification feed. Also keep in mind that the filter is not case sensitive.

Stop unwanted content from showing in your news feed and search results

What for: To exclude adult and graphic content from the notification feed.

The app for iOS does not allow you to exclude unwanted content from search results. To do so, follow instructions for the web version of Twitter.


How to hide posts from unwanted people

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Block unwanted users

What for: To get rid of unwanted people in the virtual space.

To stop a specific user from viewing your tweets and replying to them or sending you direct messages, you can block this user. The blocked user will not be able to view your profile or contact you.

To block a user:

  1. Go to the profile of the follower you wish to block.
  2. Tap the three dots icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Select Block @username.
  4. Tap Block in the window that opens.

The user will not be notified about getting blocked. However, if he visits your profile, he will see a message that you have blacklisted him. The blocked user can file a complaint against you and view all tweets in which you mentioned him.

You can unblock a blocked user any time (for example, if you blocked the user by mistake):

  1. Open the menu by tapping the icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
  2. Go to the Settings and privacy section.
  3. Select Privacy and safety.
  4. Go to the Blocked accounts section.
  5. Tap the Blocked button next to the account name to unblock it.

Keep in mind that if one of your followers shares the link to the photo attached to your private tweet, the image will be visible to all recipients of this link.


How to get rid of unwanted notifications

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Turn off unnecessary notifications

What for: To avoid distractions.

By default, Twitter sends you notifications about the most interesting activities of other users (in the opinion of the service). If these notifications distract you, you can stop the app from notifying you about activities of specific user categories, e.g. those who have not confirmed their contact details (spammers often avoid doing this to save time).

To do so:

  1. Open the menu by tapping the icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
  2. Go to the Settings and privacy section.
  3. Select Notifications.
  4. Turn on the Quality filter toggle switch.
  5. Tap Advanced filters and select check marks next to:
  • You don’t follow
  • Who don’t follow you
  • With a new account
  • Who have a default profile photo
  • Who haven’t confirmed their email
  • Who haven’t confirmed their phone number

Downside: The filter does not apply to accounts that you follow or with which you recently interacted.

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