But at some points, if Twitter can't verify you as the owner, they simply won't be able to help you - even if it's not your fault. If everything fails, they will invite you to create a new account instead.
Thankfully, I've come across such a scenario through a wonderful tweep, and made me think of writing this post.
She did try everything she could to recover hers, but Twitter had no good response for her. I had to spend hours for days with dozens of failed attempts until we could recover her account at last.
It seems Twitter need to assess the worst case scenarios on security threats and recovery, and hopefully they will. Else I don't think anyone would be delighted to let go of their favorite Twitter profile and start another from scratch. Would you?
Secure or Recover?
Most importantly, I'd take it from the aspect of recovery. In that way, you will come to know that some features of Twitter actually increase your chances of recovering your account, and help you keep a safe distance from security threats too.
Actually, you will be helping Twitter Support team to help you back. They will appreciate it.
Secure or recover? Let's talk about both and be prepared.
Add Your Phone Number
But, from the aspect of your account's security, it's vital for the recovery process.
In case if you couldn't login to your Twitter account anymore, and lost access to your email address or didn't receive password reset emails from Twitter, you can be helpless. At such times, even Twitter Support may not be able to help you. Sounds unbelievable, but it's true.
In such a scenario, having your mobile number added to your account can be the only way you can regain access to your account.
Actually, this step alone can save you a lot of trouble in the recovery process.
Hence, even if someone got to know your password, he / she won't be able to login to your account. It helps you keep your account more secure.
But if you have password reset feature enabled, Twitter will require your associated email address or mobile number to be entered prior it sends you a password reset email.
This is not a vital security feature, but it can discourage the intruders whom attempting to find a way to take over your Twitter account.
Now let's think like a hacker for a 25 seconds. Shall we?
However, letting others find you by your mobile number may not impose such a risk. Even if someone knows your phone number, it doesn't give any advantage over you without being able to access your mobile device. Yet, you can turn it off if you don't find that option useful to you or your friends.
Apps tab let you verify which apps you have authorized to access your Twitter account, and what are the permissions you have granted to each application. If you have signed into a product or service via Twitter, you can see them listed here.
Further, let me share a helpful tip that may serve you on recovering your account.
If you have been tweeting long enough, I believe you already know Twitter's safety basics too. Anyway, let me remind you of a few basics and be done with it.
● Make sure your email address is secure
● Use a strong password and never share it away online
● Report and block suspicious Twitter accounts you come to know
● Beware of suspicious links you come across via tweets or direct messages
After setting up preferred options and taking necessary actions on securing your Twitter account, ask yourself my question again,
How would you feel to learn your Twitter account has been compromised?