Be on the Look Out Twitter Users! Hackers have been breaking into the Twitter accounts of some of the most famous names in Hollywood. Lady Gaga‘s Twitter was recently hacked, and the culprit left crazy comments on her page like “Peece for Lyfe.” Gaga found it all to be pretty funny … but that’s because her hacker wasn’t as vulgar as Britney Spears‘!
Brit’s hacker wrote, “HI Y’all! Brit Brit here, just wanted to update you all on the size of my vagina. It’s about 4 feet wide with razor sharp teeth.” Not Cool! Just imagine of someone did that on your Facebook Page!
Even Michael Lohan‘s Twitter account was hacked, with the impostor threatening suicide on the famous-by-association dad’s Twitter page.
So how can you, Gaga, and Brit prevent Tweet hacking from happening to you? We talked to an expert in Online Security, Gregg Branham, the CEO of NFront Security. His job is to protect some of the biggest companies in the world, like Coke, AMC Loews, and Sprint from getting their social spaces hacked. Check out his tips for protecting your social media spaces:
- When picking a password, don’t use terms that will come up when someone Googles you
- Use passphrases or short sentences, instead of just a word, in your password
- Don’t use vowels! Vowels make it easy for a hacker to figure out what words you’re using. Try replacing vowels with numbers or symbols instead.
- Use long passwords (7-10 words) with a mix of characters
- Never use the name of your spouse, child, pet or other common info like your birthday
We also learned that hackers have access to downloadable internet software like “Dictionary Attack,” which uses a huge list of words and symbols to attempt getting your password. These attacks work because people tend to choose short, simple passwords. So, be sure your password is unique!
— Corynne Steindler with Natalie Adeeyo