After a long stint away from social media, it’s time to sit down and hook yourself back up to the grid. You log into Facebook, nothing interesting there. Instagram – same stuff, different day. How about Twitter? What social faux pas has your favorite political figure committed today? You enter your username, that familiar password, and wait for your feed to pop up. Instead, you’re greeted by this message: The password you entered did not match our records.
What began as a quirky and unique way to stay connected to your favorite celebrities has exploded into a powerful, social-engineering tool. Twitter has over 330 million users and, despite not being part of the 1 billion+ gang with Facebook and Instagram, probably has the most influence regarding popular culture and politics. To be unwillingly cut off from this trove of entertainment and information is frustrating.
Whether you’ve forgotten your password or your login details are compromised, or maybe you want to keep on top of your security – this guide is here to talk you through resetting your Twitter password as painlessly as possible.
How do I change my Twitter password?
Luckily, if you already know your password and merely want to change it to keep up with your account security, changing your password is a swift process.
Once you’ve logged into Twitter, click the More button at the bottom of the dashboard on the left. Press Settings and privacy.
Select the first option, Account. This will open up the Login and security options. Click on Password. You’ll be directed to enter your old password and then your new one. Unfortunately, Twitter doesn’t give any guidelines on how to create a strong password. Luckily, you can consult this guide.
What if I’ve forgotten my Twitter login details?
Be aware that the following instructions can only work if you’ve supplied an extra level of authentication when setting up the Twitter account. This could be an email address or phone number. It also helps if you remember your Twitter username.
Head to the Twitter home page and find the login area. Click on Forgot password?
You’ll then be prompted to enter your email, phone number, or username. Enter whichever one applies to you.
If you chose the email or phone number option, Twitter will ask for permission to send a link. Once you’ve received it, follow the instructions given, and your password will be reset. Should you have forgotten the details, click on I don’t have access to any of these.
This is where you’re going to hope that you remember your old username. Type it into the criteria provided and press Search.
Now you’ll be taken to a page that asks for an email address – use your current account for ease. You’ll also have to complete a Google captcha. Luckily, you probably aren’t a robot, so this will take seconds to complete. Once the above has been completed, press Submit.
Now to play the waiting game. You’ve done everything you can do, and it’s time for Twitter’s support team to pull through with your account recovery.
How do I prevent this from happening again?
Unfortunately, there isn’t a cure for forgetfulness. However, there are plenty of different alternatives that will take care of that particular flaw. Investing in a password manager will take out all the stress of password creation.
NordPass creates top-tier strength passwords, saves them all in an encrypted vault only you have access to, and even auto-fills those passwords, so you don’t even have to remember them. Password frustration is an inconvenience you don’t have to put up with anymore.
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