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.
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.
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 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. 😉
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.
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.