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TECHNOLOGY TIPS - TWITTER HACKED

Do you have a Twitter profile?  If so, you should know that last week Twitter was hacked.  They posted a blog on Friday letting users know that approximately 250,000 user accounts were "potentially compromised."

Bob Lord, Twitter's director of information security stated in a post, "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."

Twitter has since reset the passwords.  Those users affected should have received an e-mail with instructions on how to get back into their accounts.  If you receive a notification email, don't click the link.  Go directly to the Twitter website. This way, you'll know that you are not at risk of these hackers.

As I was writing this post, it got me to thinking again about the importance of changing your passwords on a consistent basis as well as using unique identifiers that no one could assume.  Things like your city of birth, streets you've lived on, nicknames, childhood pets, or parents' details are all bad choices to use when creating a password.  It's imperative that you make the effort to create a password that only makes sense to you.

CATHY MALLERS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Wednesday, February 06, 2013 2:45 PM by Dean's Team
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