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Secure Your Twitter Account Better Than Trump in Less Than 5 Minutes

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There’s a report going around that President Trump’s Twitter account was hacked—again—by a Dutch security researcher who just happened to guess the correct password: “maga2020!” I think the story is absolutely bogus, but it’s still a great reminder that you shouldn’t be lazy with your social media security. Locking down your Twitter account is easy, and it takes less than five minutes to do.

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Change your password

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There’s no reason you should be using a simple password that anyone could easily guess. Go here. Change your password to something more complex. If you have no idea what that means, get some help. Save this password in your browser—or, better yet, a great password manager. Don’t use this password anywhere else.


Block someone else from resetting your password

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If someone happens to get into your account and attempts to reset your password—to then lock you out—you can require Twitter to verify the request via your phone number or email address. Set that up here.


Set up two-factor authentication

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At minimum, you should have Twitter send you a code in a text message whenever you (or anyone else) tries to log into your account for the first time. You’ll then type that code in to verify that the request was legitimate. In a perfect world though, you would link Twitter to an authentication app that would provide this code, because even text messages aren’t the safest way to verify a login attempt is actually you.

(Make sure you write down your backup code and store that somewhere safe.)


Check which apps have accessed your account 

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Did some app access your Twitter account without your permission? Check that here. And if you don’t recall granting a certain app access to your account, go here to disconnect the offending apps from your account.


Check where else you’re logged into Twitter

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It’s easy to see what other devices are currently logged into your Twitter account. Go here to check, and if you don’t recognize a smartphone, tablet, or PC on that list, click “Log out all other sessions,” and then change your password (and set up two-factor authentication!)

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Delete your account

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If you need to nuke your Twitter account, do so here. You’ll have 30 days to change your mind until your account is gone for good, unless you have a verified account. Then, you can select a window of either 30 days or one year.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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Apple will replace AirPods Pro for free with faulty noise cancellation, static or crackling

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Today, exactly one year after Apple first launched the AirPods Pro — and thus the same day the very first AirPods Pro owners will see their one-year warranties expire — Apple has launched a repair program that offers free repairs or replacements for another whole year if your AirPods Pro experience issues with noise cancellation or static.

Specifically, Apple will fix:

Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the phone

Active Noise Cancellation not working as expected, such as a loss of bass sound, or an increase in background sounds, such as street or airplane noise

Apple says only a “small percentage of AirPods Pro” are affected by the issues, but it apparently wasn’t just an early batch — Apple says affected units were manufactured “before October 2020,” meaning every AirPods Pro ever made might be eligible. That’s quite a recall if so. Apple says it will repair faulty AirPods Pro for two years after you first buy them.

We’ve heard complaints about degraded noise cancellation before, and at least one Verge editor has replaced their AirPods Pro under warranty. It’s nice to hear that Apple isn’t just cutting buyers off as soon as that warranty expires.

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This 55″ 4K TCL Smart TV Hangs on Your Wall for $200

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TCL 55″ S434 4K Smart TV | $200 | Best Buy

Best Buy has an insane deal going for a brand new 55″ 4K TCL smart TV. It’s the S434, which is pretty baseline for TCL’s lineup, but at just $200, there’s little to complain about. TCL’s panels are plenty sharp and accurate, and with this set, you’ll get HDR10 compliance for enhanced color and brightness in supported games and video content. This model has Android TV onboard for all your app needs, and with an included voice remote, all your favorite content is just a shout away with the help of Google Assistant.

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