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How To Remotely Disconnect Your Social Media Accou...

How To Remotely Disconnect Your Social Media Accounts If You Lost Your Phone While Traveling

My short trip to Ecuador was amazing however, I encountered some difficulties along the way — I lost my phone. My whole blogging life is in that phone and I was really worried that other people will access all my private information. I didn’t have time to disconnect my social media accounts right away and I am afraid that those people have tried using my Twitter account! As soon as Twitter reported some ‘suspicious’ activities happening to my account, I immediately logged out to my accounts remotely. Today, I am going to teach you how I did it.

Lost your phone while traveling? Here’s a step by step guide on how to disconnect your social media, particularly Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Gmail.

 

Facebook

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Step 1: Go to the settings of your Facebook account and change your password. You should be under the “General” tab. Please do not choose passwords you’ve used before. I know it’s really hard to think of a new one but for your account’s safety, do it.

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Step 2: Once your password has been changed, a box will pop out asking for 2 options: (1) logout of other devices; (2) Stay logged in. Choose number 1 as this will automatically log you out from all devices you’ve logged in before.

And that’s it! Your account is secured. I also recommend for you to assign Trusted Contacts in your security tab. Here, you can pick a friend who can help you get back to your account just in case you get locked out. Trusted contacts are friends that can securely help you if you ever have trouble accessing your account. Make sure to assign the roles to your close family members or friends.

 

Twitter

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I already disconnected my Samsung Galaxy before creating this post so it doesn’t show in this print screen.

Twitter does not have maximum security (most probably because they are lazy in making one) but there’s an easier option. Go to settings and click the apps tab. On the right side of the screen, you will see all the apps connected to your Twitter account. Scroll down and find the device you want to disconnect it from. In my case, I lost a Samsung Galaxy phone so I clicked “revoke access” from that device. You will also get the chance to see what apps are connected to your Twitter. Might as well clean it up. 😉

 

Instagram

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Like Twitter, Instagram has a very lazy option and does not guarantee that you are logged out of the account. The best way to do is to change your password using your computer. Once your passwords are change and the person who has your phone tries accessing it, a box will pop out asking for that person to enter the new password.

 

Gmail

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Last, and the most important of them all — Gmail. I can’t imagine if the person who currently have my phone will have access to all my e-mails! I will definitely go crazy. Luckily, Gmail has a very good feature where you can disconnect your account from all devices from previous sessions. Go to the bottom-right section of your inbox. There, you will see the last activity of the account. Click details. Once you click “details,” a box will pop out showing all your activities in a particular device and location. Click “sign out all other web sessions” and that’s it! No need to change your password. However, it is advisable to change the it.

I still have to figure out how to remotely disconnect my Snapchat and Pinterest accounts but the most important thing is I already managed to logout my main social media platforms. If you have any information about this, kindly leave a comment below.

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Trisha is one of those people who left their comfortable life to travel the world and learn about life. Her style is to stay in one place she likes for 3 months (or more) to know what it feels like to eat, cook, speak and sleep in another culture that isn’t hers. She'd like to believe she's not traditionally traveling but she just chooses to be somewhere else all the time. Trisha also loves extremely spicy food, pineapples, plants and symmetry. In no particular order, her favourite cities in the world are Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong and Tel Aviv. Follow her life adventures on Instagram: @psimonmyway

  1. Meg Jerrard

    6 September

    OMG amazing, thanks for this info. It hasnt happened to me yet…knock on wood, though I’ve genuinely been terrified of the prospect of losing my iPad or phone, just because so many of my accounts are automatically hooked up. So it’s a huge relief to know I can fall back on this post if worst comes to worst. Bookmarking! Thanks!

    • Trisha Velarmino

      10 September

      You are busier than I am sure you have more stuff to lose than I did so don’t wish for it! Thanks for reading! Glad to be of help! Xx

  2. karla

    6 September

    Thank you Trisha, I’m sorry you lost your phone. That is really sad. Thank you for sharing this article, this is very useful. Most of my social media accounts are connected through the phone. Once, I lost my phone and I saw people hacking my accounts. I should have learned how to do this sooner. I ended up just having to change all my passwords.

    • Trisha Velarmino

      10 September

      Karla, changing passwords suck. I really hated it cause all my passwords are the same in every account!

  3. So sorry to hear that happened! Thanks for sharing your experience and providing clear instructions on how to disconnect social media accounts. This is really valuable information that hopefully I’ll never need!!

    • Trisha Velarmino

      10 September

      Glad to be of help, Jennifer! I hope it won’t happen to you though. Xx

  4. mar

    6 September

    that’s great to know – I iccassionally log myself out of facebook so I knew how to do that but good to know Twitter is not so safe! hope to never have to use those tricks but at least I know where to find them!

    • Trisha Velarmino

      10 September

      Twitter is fcking lazy. However, the ‘disconnect to device’ feature is really helpful but not that secure.

  5. Jen

    6 September

    Great information – nice to have one place to go for an easy reference in case I lose my phone. I’m not good at planning for unfortunate things to happen – like losing my phone or worse, my computer. Yikes!

    • Trisha Velarmino

      10 September

      Jen, if I lose my computer, I will go insane!! It’s expensive and I cannot afford a new one!

  6. Tara

    6 September

    This is so useful! Hopefully I never need it, but it’s great to know. Thanks for putting this together.

  7. Great information!! Bookmarked it for later use.. but hopefully we won’t ever have to use this!!

    • Trisha Velarmino

      10 September

      I hope you won’t have to experience it! It’s really horrible! Thanks for reading! Xx

  8. Vanessa

    7 September

    Saving this – and hoping I will never have to use this! It reminds me just how dependent I am o my phone.

  9. Lauren

    7 September

    This is so useful! I always thought about how it would be a nightmare if I lost my phone. Fortunately, I have a lock on my phone so not anyone can just break into it without knowing the password, but I would definitely log out of all of my accounts to be on the safe side!

    • Trisha Velarmino

      10 September

      Do you think locks are safe? That’s a really good thought. I removed my lock and maybe that’s why they had easier access to my accounts!

  10. Toccara

    7 September

    So so helpful! I hope I never have to refer to this again, but I’m grateful you turned your misfortune into a helpful guide for others. Sorry, I don’t know who to help regarding Snapchat or Pinterest. Hope you get that figured out soon. 🙂

    • Trisha Velarmino

      10 September

      I know. It’s unfortunate that it has to happened for me to be able to write about it. Grrrr! However, I am happy to help. Thanks for reading, Toccara!

  11. linda

    5 November

    I really don’t know much about this scam thing and at the same time , no one wants to be on the losing side . But i just came across a good hacker who helped me hack my boyfriends text messages, whatsapp, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram messages remotely..You don’t have to touch his phone while you have access to his conversations through the software he bought and install remotely on my phone, i dont know how he did this but i think he’s perfect at it…..contact him at [email protected]..Tell him Linda referred you, then you can thank me later. God Bless.

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