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Justin Bieber's Twitter account was briefly hacked a few days ago and it could easily happen to you.

As if Justin Bieber didn’t have enough trouble with his night of drunk driving and street racing in Florida, now he has gotten his 50 million followers strong Twitter account hijacked. A couple of days ago, Bieber’s Twitter account was briefly hijacked. According to BizReport, which was published on March 19, you can use these top tips to help with online security. Using these tips will prevent your Twitter and other social media accounts from getting hacked like Justin Bieber's did. If his got hacked, anyone's can get hacked and there goes your online security and private information.

In the brief period in which the hacker had control of Bieber’s account, the hacker posted a couple of different Tweets. The hacker was apparently from Indonesia since the first Tweet was “Justin Bieber Cemberut?”, which is Indonesian for being “sullen.” The other tweet suggests that Justin should smile more…but more importantly, a link was posted to a web page to authorize the installation of the mobile app “ShootingStarPro” and the link contained a virus. The hacker undoubtedly has some connection to the app.

Bieber’s account management team responded relatively quickly and deleted the Tweets while warning followers, “that link from earlier. dont click it. virus. going to erase this now. spread the word. Thanks.” This is not the first time this kind of attack has happened to celebrities or normal Twitter users; but how do these accounts get compromised and what can you do to avoid it? Hackers generally use three different types of attack vectors in compromising social media accounts.

The first is scam pages or bogus Twitter apps. They pretend to be Twitter and users log in, handing over their password in the process. Game over—your account has just been compromised. In the second method the hacker uses password re-set or credential re-use to reset your password. The hacker takes advantage of the fact that questions such as “What was your first school?” or something similar is easy information for them to come by.

Using the same passwords across multiple site increases your risk of being compromised. In some cases, identity theft of your financial accounts could take place. The third method is through the use of malicious code or via a malicious web page. The hackers actually install their malware on your computer if it is missing patches or not updated properly. Then they silently steal your credentials, passwords and any other data you may have stored on your computer. You also need to check your SEO Houston.

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