If you’re still using Twitter after a massive outage, it’s a good idea to check your accounts online.

Here are the main reasons to keep your account offline.

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Security If you have more than one account and your tweets aren’t visible online, they can be used to trick your friends and followers into revealing your real identity.

If you lose or accidentally delete your Twitter profile, you can be exposed to hacks and phishing attacks.

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Privacy If you can’t be bothered to keep a screenshot of your profile on your phone or tablet, you could be unwittingly exposed to potentially malicious messages.

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Privacy and Security The easiest way to keep safe is to keep all of your tweets private, so that you can only post from your personal account.

It’s best to have your Twitter handle in full view and visible to everyone you follow.

If your tweets contain personal or sensitive information, use a service such as Twitter’s Secure Socket Layer (SSL) or HTTPS (HTTPS) encryption, such as that from Facebook or Google.

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Social Media If you use social media, such on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr, you may be at risk of identity theft, which could lead to your account being used by someone you do not know.

Social media providers can take measures to protect their users’ information, such by removing your profile or restricting who can view it. 5.

Email Privacy If your email account is compromised, you’ll need to notify the person or organisation you sent the email to before it can be removed.

For more on how to protect yourself online, see our guide on how your personal data is handled online.

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Social Engagement The more people you interact with online, the more you’ll be exposed.

Engage with people, events and projects you like to see, and then use your Twitter or Facebook accounts to share those links.

If that’s not enough, you might want to add a ‘Like’ button to your profile to let other people know about your projects and interests.

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Privacy We all want our lives to be as private as possible.

If Twitter, Facebook or Instagram are compromised, that means you’re vulnerable to potentially unwanted people asking for personal or embarrassing information about you.

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Identity Theft The more personal information you share online, such a address or social security number, the less likely it is you’ll have a safe account.

If someone has access to your personal information, it may be used against you, whether you know it or not.

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Financial Fraud There are plenty of ways that criminals can make money from your online activities, such in the form of ads, fake online bank accounts, or fraudulent charges that are automatically applied to your credit card or PayPal account.

Find out more about identity theft.

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Social Engineering Social engineering can involve using fake profiles to gain access to people’s online accounts, gain access or otherwise manipulate their behavior online.

Find more information about online fraud and social engineering.