Twitter hack alert: February 1, 2013
It's not just the NY Times and the Wall Street Journal that are getting hacked... Twitter was hacked as well.
Twitter suspects that the user info of roughly 250,000 users may have been compromised, but that number may be higher.
Don't wait for a contact email from the folks at Twitter, one way or the other. Change your Twitter password now.
Yeah, it will mean resetting the passwords on your Twitter clients, but it's worth it to avoid getting your account taken over. Oh, and if you use an identical password for Twitter and any other accounts... change those other accounts' passwords, too. You should not be recycling passwords: it's a really unsafe practice.
A good password should be 10 alphanumeric characters or more. Don't be afraid to mix up the capitalization.
Bonus: The New Yorker's Questioningly segment challenged its readers to define Twitter with a single tweet (Yeah, that's so 2009, but still). Here are some of the responses:
- “Communicative disease”
- “Twitter is like the ocean: There’s a lot to wade through, and occasionally you’ll see a whale”
- “an infinite orchestra hall, where everyone has a kazoo solo anytime they want for 140 seconds”
- “Crouching Grammar, Hidden Manners" (very well hidden manners, I would add)