Connect to Twitter securely with SSL (https)?
After switching over my Facebook account to always use an encrypted connection [see Connect to Facebook Securely with SSL] I would like to do the same with other sites I visit. Gmail supports it [see Secure Gmail Connection], but what about Twitter? Is there some way to connect to Twitter with a secure, encrypted SSL connection?
As recent as 48 hours ago I would have said "No, sorry, you're out of luck with Twitter" or, perhaps, "use a third party client and hope it encrypts its data", but just yesterday Twitter announced an enhancement to its surprisingly slick Web-based interface that lets you force a secure connection each and every time you connect.
Why is this important? Because if you aren't using a secure connection it means that every time you send or receive data while visiting Twitter.com that you're sending both your account login and password as part of that data exchange. (easy way to tell, if you're curious: while having one window in your browser open to Twitter.com go into another window and change your password. If it doesn't send the data to be verified each time, you can still use the existing window without a problem. If it does, it'll log you out and ask you to re-enter your account credentials)
Obviously, a secure connection is, well, more secure. By establishing a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) connection, the information sent between your browser and the server at Twitter is encrypted so that even if hackers were to hijack the data stream (think "wifi monitoring tools") they'd get unreadable junk. That's good.
Enabling this sort of secure connection with Twitter turns out to be delightfully simple...
Go to Twitter.com and log in to your Twitter account. Then on the top right, click on your name:
"Settings" is what you want, and once you get to the settings page, scroll all the way down to the bottom to find...
That's the option. Click on the checkbox adjacent to "Always use HTTPS", then click on "Save".
They're smart, those Twitter folk! To change your account settings, you need to verify that you're the account owner. Enter your password to prove it, and...
Now look at the address bar in the Web browser. It'll have changed and now show a secure connection has been established:
Good stuff. And there's really zero reason not to establish a secure connection with any and every site you use on a regular basis. Thanks for making this option available, Twitter!
More Useful Twitter, LinkedIn and Social Network Help Articles:
✔ How do I search for a job on LinkedIn?
This may be a bit obvious, but I'm looking for work and am unclear how I can use LinkedIn to find positions other...✔ Add a header graphic to my Twitter profile?
I heard from a colleague that Twitter's added profile pictures a la Facebook's timeline photo on the top. Nice, but how do I...✔ Export LinkedIn Profile as a PDF Resume?
I've spent the last year or two updating and adding to my LinkedIn profile and it has a ton of information about me....✔ How do I block an iPad app from accessing Twitter?
My son installed an app on my iPad and now it's posting updates on my Twitter account when he plays. What the deuce?...✔ Repost a Facebook photo on Instagram?
I post a lot of photos on Facebook and sometimes want to share them with my Instagram followers. You can automatically mirror an...
Let's stay in touch!
Sign up for my weekly AskDaveTaylor Newsletter and you'll receive even more tech and gadget help right to your inbox, along with exclusive news and industry updates. It's good stuff. I promise!
I do have a comment, now that you mention it!
Check This Out Too...
Look for Answers
All Our Categories
Apple iPad Help
Articles and Reviews
Auctions and Online Shopping
Blogs and Blogging
Building Web Site Traffic
Business and Management
Computer and Internet Basics
d) None of the Above
Google Gmail Help
Google Plus Help
Industry News and Trade Shows
iPhone and Cell Phone Help
iPod, Sony PSP and MP3 Player Help
Kindle Fire Help
Mac OS X Help
Pay Per Click (PPC) Advertising
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Shell Script Programming
Tech Support Video Help
The Writing Business
Twitter, LinkedIn and Social Network Help
Unix and Linux Help
Video Game Tips and Help
Windows PC Help
Find Me on Google+
ADT on G+