February 1, 2013

Twitter Has Been Hacked – How Safe is Your Password?

February 1, 2013. In a very laid-back “we don’t want to scare you” type of blog post, Twitter announced that a quarter of million of its accounts have been hacked. The hackers took usernames, email addresses, and yes, passwords.

TwitterTwitter has reset the passwords of the 250,000 accounts that it thinks were compromised, but did they get them all? They also said, “This attack was not the work of amateurs, and we do not believe it was an isolated incident. The attackers were extremely sophisticated, and we believe other companies and organizations have also been recently similarly attacked.

In plain English that means that they now have email/username/password combinations that they will try on other sites. They will sell this information to other hackers who will try those combinations on other sites.

Here’s what Regina Smola at WP Security Lock suggests whenever there is a major hack attack:

  1. Change your password immediately at the site that has been hacked. Even if Twitter doesn’t identify you as one of the unlucky accounts, better safe than sorry.
  2. If you are using the same password on other sites, change those also.
  3. If you are using the same password on other sites, stop doing that! With tools like Roboform, there is no excuse for having a weak password that you use everywhere. Not only will it remember your passwords and log you into secure websites, it will generate strong passwords for you.
  4. If you are unsure how secure your password really is, test it at How Secure is My Password.

OK. That’s all for now. I’ve got to go change my Twitter passwords. Be sure to share this post on Facebook, Twitter & Google+ to warn your friends before they become a victim.


Christine Cobb

Christine Cobb

is a web technology consultant, a small business online marketing consultant and provides information for new bloggers and affiliate marketers.
Christine Cobb
  • Hi Christine,

    Thanks for spreading awareness on the latest Twitter security breach. I suspect we will be seeing more issues like this very soon. Usually when we see a large site like Twitter compromised other sites get his not long after.

    It’s a good idea to log-in to all your social media sites now and change your passwords as a precautionary measure. ESPECIALLY if you are using your Twitter password anywhere else – GO CHANGE IT NOW.

  • Changed all mine! What a mess for so many people.

    • Christine Cobb says:

      Oh my gosh… I know what you mean. I actually found a few that were old and nothing had been posted for a long time so I just deactivated them.

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