In a recent Twitter.com blog post by Bob Lord, Twitter Director of Information Security, its users were reminded to use good password security…seems I’ve heard of that subject being mentioned around here a time or two.
He gave advice on the following:
- Use a strong password
- Watch out for suspicious links, and always make sure you’re on Twitter.com before you enter your login information.
- Don’t give your username and password out to unknown third parties, especially those promising to get you followers or make you money.
- Make sure your computer and operating system is up to date with the most recent patches, upgrades, and anti-virus software.
I applaud everyone who is willing to share advice on password security. I agree with the validity of the advice given; and I hope all of you will follow it. But…I find it rather disturbing that this advice comes out right after Twitter (and Facebook, for that matter,) was hacked and gave up hundreds of thousands of users’ personal information such as emails and passwords. It seems to me that Twitter is trying to lay the blame on its users for the breach of their databases. I agree that some of the blame is on users who use lax or no password security practices. But Twitter’s Internet security practices may bear some of the blame for not preventing the invasion of their network’s most critical databases. Therefore, if anyone needs to be reminded of proper security practices, it might well be Twitter. Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest…take heed and take a hard look at your practices, for you too share the cyber criminals’ “target” spotlight.
See Twitter Blog’s post “A friendly reminder about password security”
Be very careful…it’s dangerous out there.
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