Twitter is the latest large-scale company investigating the possibility of a password hack of its user base. It recently sent an email blast to accounts that may have been compromised and automatically reset their passwords.
The social network joins a long list of companies — from LinkedIn to eHarmony to Dropbox — who have faced account hacks in recent months. Although site hacks are nothing new, it’s becoming increasingly critical to protect passwords, as incidents like this continue to rise. The same password and email login you use for one site could unlock a wealth of information on other platforms, including personal information and credit-card data.
That said, there are a few steps to take to protect your Twitter account — or any account, for that matter. First and foremost, it’s key to create a strong password which includes a variety of upper and lower case characters, numbers and symbols, and is also 10 characters long.
“We highly recommend that you use a unique password for each website you use; that way, if one account gets compromised, the rest are safe,” Twitter advised in a tips post on its site. “Also, please use a secure and private email address to associate with your Twitter account. If you forget your password, you’ll be able to get instructions for resetting it emailed to that address.” Read more…