Running multiple accounts on Twitter is a high-risk tactic, any of the suggestions in this article should be considered dangerous and may result in one or more of your accounts being permanently banned at any time. Twitter is constantly evolving, as they start to use new tactics this article will be updated as needed. Best practices for running multiple accounts is to operate everything in a silo and never interconnect them. Don’t share an IP between accounts, don’t use the Official Twitter App, clear your browser cookies, only use disposable email accounts, and block any cross site tracking scripts. This article has 5 sections and it's most useful if it's read in it's entirety, but if you have a short attention span feel free to jump ahead to the section that you're most interested in.
Using Multiple IPs and VPNs
Running multiple adversarial accounts on a single IP can be problematic, banning IP’s isn’t used as often as it was in the past but it is still used. The easiest way to gain access to multiple IPs is to use a Virtual Private Network or VPN. A VPN is a paid service, and you should expect to pay between $5 to $15 per month . You can read our article on VPN Providers for more information. If you’re using multiple accounts, you should strive to keep them on each on a separate IP. You should keep Account A on IP-1, and Account B on IP-2, and try to be careful to not criss-cross the accounts and IPs. Setting up a whole house VPN Router and changing the OpenVPN configuration file when you switch accounts is the best way to accomplish this, see our article on Setting up a VPN Router for more information. If you want to significantly increase your protection use one VPN provider for your router, and a second VPN provider with a software solution on your phone or computer. You will probably have some network latency issues affecting your browsing speed, but you will make yourself exponentially more difficult to track.
Phone Hardware and the Twitter App
In late 2017 Twitter started fingerprinting the phone hardware and sim cards of people using the Twitter App. When accounts that were especially problematic were banned, they also banned any other accounts associated with that physical phone and sim card. If you acquired an old account that was completely clean and tried to log into it using a phone that had been hardware banned, your clean account was banned within minutes. This tactic proved so effective in mid 2018 it was rolled out and used against a wider subset of users Twitter wanted to keep off of their service. You should never use the official Twitter App under any circumstances. If you want to use your phone, you should only use a mobile browser, making sure to completely close the browser and completely delete your cookies when you change accounts (Deleting cookies on an Android phone ) (Deleting cookies on an iPhone ) . You also want to make sure your phone only automatically joins your VPN WiFi Network so you don’t accidentally get your home’s IP banned. I also strongly recommend having ad blocking software installed on your phone as this will limit Twitter’s ability to use other much more complicated ways to try to fingerprint your hardware. The harder you make it for them to isolate and identify you, the safer you are.
Using Multiple Email Accounts
Passing Twitter’s Phone Verification Using Burner Phones and VOIP Services
Getting around Twitter’s phone verification is one of the more challenging problems to solve. They have blocked most VOIP services, but a handful do still work. Sorry, I can’t name them because Twitter would close that gap in the wall, but if you do some Googling the answers are out there. The other route you can take is to use a burner phone and prepaid texts/minutes. You’re looking for a Pay-As-You-Go-Plan, and you can visit any of the websites in the list below for more in-depth comparisons.
Pay-As-You-Go Cell Phone Comparison Websites
- Nerd Wallet Pay-As-You-Go Comparrisons
- No Contract Cellular Pay-As-You-Go Comparrisons
- Prepaid Wireless Guide Pay-As-You-Go Comparrisons
- Android Authority Pay-As-You-Go Comparrisons
- GoCompare Pay-As-You-Go Comparrisons
(Editors note we aren't affiliated in any way with the websites listed above, so if you want to be a dick and attack them that's all on you.)
There’s a very high likelihood you’re going to end up with an Android Phone because they are much cheaper. Android phones are notorious for tracking you even after you turn off location tracking . It’s still good operational security to turn off location tracking as much as possible , we also strongly recommend spending $7.95 on a Faraday Cage Phone Bag as it blocks the phone from sniffing data until you take it out of the pouch.
Protecting Yourself From Cross Site Tracking
- All Websites: How To Block Social Media Websites From Tracking You
- Twitter: Block Twitter Tracking
- Twitter Ads: Block 7064 Twitter Advertisers with our Twitter Advertiser Block List
- Google Analytics: Block Google Aanalytics Tracking
- Google Search History: Pollute Your Google Search History
- Facebook: Block Facebook Tracking
- Block Ads: See fewer ads with AdBlock Plus