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Use the Twitter dashboard to make your brand's account safer

Don't forget to review your options in the Twitter dashboard to keep your account secure.

Twitter's been adding features to its account dashboards lately, and some of them have to do with privacy and security. If you're responsible for your company's Twitter account, it might be a good idea to keep an eye on how secure it is.

Now might be a good time to review your privacy and security settings on the Twitter dashboard.

First up, the new dashboard lets you see what apps have accessed your account. You'll probably recognize most — Twitter for iPhone or Android, Instagram. Maybe you're using an analytics tool that has permission to login to your account. But, if there's something that looks suspicious, or an app from way back when that you don't use anymore, you know to get rid of it. And you can actually do that from the dashboard.

Second, along those lines, you can also see what devices have access to your account and when they were activated. So again, if you see something that looks weird, you might want to check into that.

Third, you can also view your login history if you go to the Your Twitter Data tab. That shows you dates, times, apps, and IP addresses.

Fourth, you can also add login verification. It's an added layer of security, so when you want to login to your Twitter account, you'll get a text or push notification with a code to enter before you can access the account.

And fifth, take a spin through your security and privacy tab. You have options to decide who can tag your account in photos, or if you want to tweet out your location, or if you want to be found by email address.

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About Erin Carson

Erin Carson is a Staff Reporter for CNET and a former Multimedia Editor for TechRepublic.

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