Over the holiday weekend, The Fox News Politics Twitter account had its password compromised. The unauthorized person or persons then proceeded to Tweet about the fictional death of President Barack Obama, in a series of relatively detailed tweets depicting the location and nature of the gunshot wounds. Of course, they were faked, but that didn’t stop quite a few people from blindly retweeting the news.
A compromised Twitter account is not big news. This is, however, a good opportunity to remind everyone that they should have a really good Twitter password; major media outlets should be even more conscientious of their password policy.
If you have been using the same Twitter password for years, you should consider changing it once in a while. Also, make sure you don’t use the same password for all of your accounts—a compromise on any of the accounts means you have to remember all the sites you shared that password with. A good password should be at least 8-10 characters long, and should contain at least one number and one special character. A password made up of a series of words is not a good password. Mypasswordislong would not make a good password. MyP@ssw0Rd1sL0NG! would be MUCH better.
So, in sum: Welcome back from the holiday weekend, President Obama isn’t dead, and make sure you have great passwords. The end.