Yes, you are. But you don’t have to be. The last two weeks has brought an increase in cyber-attacks. The New York TImes and Wall Street Journal have both reported security breaches and the Twitter hack happened onFriday February 1st, Twitter announced a breach of their own. Up to 250,000 accounts may have been accessed. They report the event on their blog by stating:
Bob Lord, Director of Information Security:
This week, we detected unusual access patterns that led to us identifying unauthorized access attempts to Twitter user data. We discovered one live attack and were able to shut it down in process moments later. However, our investigation has thus far indicated that the attackers may have had access to limited user information – usernames, email addresses, session tokens and encrypted/salted versions of passwords – for approximately 250,000 users.
By their own admission they have detected and shut down the attack quickly but it was still enough time to access 250,000 accounts. Some members are reporting receiving emails from Twitter about this situation. Either way, we recommend a comprehensive security check of your own. Here is how to deal with this Twitter hack or other similar password breach.
1)Login to Twitter and change your password
2) Your password should be as long as possible and contain upper-case, lower-case, numbers and symbols (%$#*, etc)
3) Also change your passwords on any site that uses the same password you have changed on Twitter. This is especially important if you use the same login/password combination on other sites.
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“Password” is not a good password. The name of your child followed by the year of their birth is not a good password. Whatever password you choose, do not write it on a sticky note near your computer. Here is our top recommendation for an easy to use password management tool.
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