Twitter, media darling that it’s proper now, is logging a little bit of dangerous press for having company paperwork stolen.
The brief model is a hacker obtained into an worker’s internet e-mail account, and from there was capable of entry data saved in Twitter’s Google Apps account mail.twc.com.
Relying on the place you learn the story, the spin is:
Twitter has severe safety points (partially true)
Cloud computing is unsafe (largely false)
Somebody wants a greater password (clearly true)
The actual lesson to be discovered right here is be extraordinarily cautious together with your e-mail. Give it some thought. Nearly the whole lot on-line is linked to your e-mail account.
Are you equally susceptible?
All of us preserve each private and company data on-line, starting from mundane Fb postings to important monetary entry, resembling financial institution or Paypal logins. Many of those websites are very safe in and of themselves, however entry to an e-mail account can deliver all of the dominoes tumbling down.
Is login data to different websites sitting in an e-mail you despatched or obtained? Are the passwords to safer websites the identical as your e-mail account? May a hacker reset the passwords to different websites with entry to your e-mail?
A compromised e-mail account will be the backdoor to data a hacker could not get at every other method.
How to not fall into the Twitter lure (or is that twap?)
- Put a robust password in your e-mail and webmail accounts.
- Be cautious in what you hyperlink to a webmail account with a serious supplier (Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, and many others.). These should not inherently unsafe, however they’re huge targets.
- By no means e-mail login credentials to co-workers or distributors. You don’t need that data residing in your (or their) e-mail account.
- Have distinctive passwords for safe websites. By no means reuse your e-mail password.
- Change your passwords usually. I do know remembering all of them is a serious headache, however sturdy passwords written on a chunk of paper in a locked desk drawer are safer than the identical password on each web site.