If you tweet, used to tweet, or are thinking about tweeting you might want to give some thought to the password you use. According to Damon Beres Senior Tech Editor at The Huffington Post “Tens of millions” of Twitter credentials are being traded on the dark web, data research group Leaked Source reported Wednesday. The group says it’s obtained a data set containing 32,888,300 Twitter records, each of which “may contain an email address, a username, sometimes a second email and a visible password.”
More than 6 million people ‘tweet’ sending over 200 billion tweets each year, or about 6000 a second. That is a lot of characters! Clearly people enjoy this bit of social media. However, as always, for fun and convenience you pay a price and that price in this context is the loss of security and confidentiality. As with any portion of social media you end up disclosing a lot of your personal information, – after all you want all your friends to wish you a happy birthday, right? To protect your personal data, you need to have a secure password. 123456, or the word password, or qwerty (look at your keyboard) are not the most secure passwords. So be sure to use a strong password that utilizes at least the 8/4 rule…..8 characters plus upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters. For example….Uj&2g$7H.
But even a strong password won’t help if someone hacks the site and obtains 32,888,300 records that can be exploited. So, when you hear that one of your favorite social media sites has been attacked, immediately change your tried and true password to a new one. In fact, you should make a habit of changing all your passwords regularly. And please, please, don’t use the same password everywhere because if someone gets hold of your password from a social media site, it is only a few keystrokes to your online banking account.
Learn more about protecting yourself and your business at The National Cybersecurity Institute.
Beres, D. (2016). Millions Of Twitter Passwords Leaked Online. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/twitter-security-breach_us_57596cd2e4b0ced23ca718e3?utm_hp_ref=cybersecurity
Goshal, A. (2016). 32M Twitter passwords may have been hacked and put up for sale on the Deep Web. Retrieved from http://thenextweb.com/insider/2016/06/09/32m-twitter-passwords-may-leaked-put-sale-dark-web/#gref