How a Twitter hack taught me to take online security seriously

Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac:

When I went to sleep last Monday night, I had no idea that I’d open my eyes to dozens of confusing notifications and my Twitter account taken over by a security hacker group. It caught me completely off guard, but it didn’t have to be that way.

Hopefully by relaying my story and some hard lessons I learned along the way, I can help you avoid the same situation as you manage the safety and security of your online accounts and data.

Great read. Some important lessons learned.

  • JimCracky

    Security is THE MOST IMPORTANT thing… well right after checking my likes on Facebook… and entering that web sweepstakes on a site I’ve never heard of… oh, and…

  • Summary: Shared, weak passwords. No TFA.

  • satcomer

    I guess when you become semi famous, especially in cell wars, that you use two factor and password managers! This is a given in today’s Net age!

    • drx1

      I think it is priceless they say, “online”. Yes, it is the WWW – wild, wild, west – or worse. What about wireless – just another, dubble-U, “VV”. The IoT is a bit of a nightmare. I’ll come back to this once I check all my FB likes….

  • Nobody believes they need security until they’re hacked. Nobody believes they need backups until they lose a drive.

    • VanessaNRice


      blockquote>my neighbor’s mother-in-law makes $75 /hr on the internet . She has been without a job for 5 months but last month her pay check was $15325 just working on the internet for a few hours. go to this site



    • drx1

      what’s even better is to lose a drive and watch it come back just long enough to make a full, error, corruption free backup … those are real jedi skills.

  • rick gregory

    No sympathy for the author from me. “I knew what to do but didn’t want to… oh then I was hacked.”

    Yeah, and? Why should we care? At this point in time anyone paying attention knows what to do in order to remain relatively secure, just like they know not to leave their keys in an unlocked car. If they still ‘leave the keys in the car’ so to speak… yeah, they’ll likely get in trouble.

    • drx1

      I think a LOT of people are in that boat … there are all kinds of ways to get hacked … you could have an old router that is no good – and can be exploited six ways from Sunday – or maybe your old router is, “unhackable” because it is an old PoS that nobody cares about anymore and is slow as molasses in January.

      There are plenty of, ‘smart’ or even ‘powerful’ people that have the weakest security … it is almost comical at times. Yes, this is how the Russians collaborated with Killary – ops.

  • drx1

    here is a take on security and other things … he makes a lot of sense – yet nobody really talks about it this way. Mostly they talk insanity… It is fairly long at almost 38 minutes. They guy is old, however.