Regularly changing your online passwords is always a good idea for keeping your personal data secure, but especially now following a recommendation from Twitter. It claims its 330 million users could be affected by a glitch that allowed some passwords to be visible in readable text on its internal computer system.

The problem has already been fixed, but the damage may have already been done and those passwords may have got into the wrong hands. If someone gets hold of your Twitter password they'll be able to not only potentially destroy your online reputation and impersonate you in front of your contacts, but any other online accounts for which you use the same password may be vulnerable.

We recommend that when changing your password you select a strong password that is not easy to hack. You can also add two-form factor verification to your Twitter account for an extra layer of security: this will involve you entering a code sent to you via SMS each time you log into your account.

How to change your Twitter password on a PC or laptop

Change Twitter password in desktop browser

  1. Log into Twitter
  2. Click the circular icon at the top right of the page that contains your profile picture
  3. Select 'Settings and privacy'
  4. From the left-hand navigation bar choose 'Password'
  5. Enter your current password
  6. Type a new password and confirm it below
  7. Hit 'Save changes'

How to change your Twitter password on a phone

Change Twitter password on phone

  1. Launch the Twitter app on your smartphone
  2. Tap on the circular icon at the top left that contains your profile picture
  3. Select 'Settings and privacy'
  4. Select 'Account'
  5. Select 'Password'
  6. Enter your current password
  7. Type a new password and confirm it below
  8. Tap 'Change password'