BOSTON — Following a number of recent high profile hackings of newsroom Twitter accounts, Twitter’s Erica Anderson on Friday shared tips to prevent future hackings from happening—and what to do if your account is hacked.

Speaking at the 2011 Online News Association Conference, Anderson (@EricaAmerica), Twitter’s manager of journalism content said there are three simple steps to take to prevent a hacking:

  1. Associate your Twitter accounts with a work e-mail address, and not a personal one. Personal ones can be broken into due to missing password questions, and Twitter accounts can be compromised that way. Corporate e-mail accounts are more secure, she said.
  2. Use strong passwords that are at least 10 characters and contain both uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. Anderson noted that all passwords that Twitter employees use are computer-generated.
  3. Always enable HTTPS, which will soon be enabled by default.

If your account is hacked, Anderson said to immediately file a ticket with Twitter. She also said to have an emergency plan in place, to ensure word gets out that tweets from your account are from hackers and should be disregarded. Read more