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Twitter, Facebook, Hackers, Crackers-n-Jackers… oh MY!!

By  on Aug 7, 2009 in Online Security Authority

With yesterdays major HACKs… Twitter, Facebook and the online world we’re all too aware of each of our own, vulnerabilities!!

Take my advice with a grain of salt!!

Because the opening a hacker needs to access everything they need know to steal our ID’s, to stalk and groom your children, to use your credit cards or banking accounts illegally for online purchases and ship those products to anywhere in the world… is a million times smaller than a grain of salt!

Read these 4 stories, as Bloomberg reported on it, Twitter and Facebook Recover From Attacks… Hacking: Where You’re Vulnerable, How to Prevent It | Hackers Say They Stoke 1 Million Apple IDs | How Hackers Attack: Schools, Mom & Pops Vulnerable | Yahoo Sued After Disclosure User Names, Passwords Stolen

My, oh my, it seems like there’s just no letting up for some people! Yes, as much as we love technology and all the wonders it keeps showing us, it can also be used to rain on people’s parades much less mar our happy existence. Facebook, Twitter even Instagram have been seen as “war zones” for heated exchanges and nasty posts. Not that it’s doing that to mine, in fact, now that it’s apparent that there are just some people in this world who simply do not have anything better to do, I still say , “Thank you,” but you can hack away all you want but mind you… it’s a fairly small techie world as well. Read More

On the subject of passwords:

• Choose one that uses a variety of letters, figures, symbols and cases. Try putting your hands on the keyboard and just typing randomly—a gibberish password can be very secure.

• Use similar-looking substitutions to create alternatives for words that you remember easily. For example, the number zero can replace the letter “O” and the dollar sign can replace the letter “S.”

• Phonetic replacements are also a good idea (e.g., “Luv2Laf” for “Love to Laugh”).

• Avoid including personal info, words or acronyms that can be found in the dictionary, phrases that can be tied back to you, sequential numbers and repeating characters.