Twitter Breach: How Twitter Secured Its User Accounts After The Heinous Act
Lately there have been rumours all around the web regarding a possible Twitter breach with 32 million accounts being compromised. Users are constantly being asked to change their passwords and also to turn on the two factor authentication feature which requires a user to prove his/her identity at the time of log in by sending a pin code to a registered number. So, did Twitter really suffer a security breach? After MySpace and LinkedIn, this possible Twitter breach has led many to believe that the social media is no longer safe. Is that true? Well, let discuss it in details.
In the words of Michael Coates, Twitter’s trust and information security officer, there has been no breach of Twitter’s own system. The passwords and login ids that have been compromised are those that were picked up from other social media sites. That is why it is highly recommended that you use different passwords for different sites, no matter how much difficult it may seem to remember all your passwords. The Twitter breach included the ids and passwords were also taken up by malware on users’ system according to Coates.
How did the social network manage to recover the accounts that were compromised in the Twitter breach?
Twitter was really fast in taking suitable actions to recover the accounts that were compromised in the Twitter breach. Users were asked to reset their passwords and turn on two factor authentication feature while logging in. The social media giant has been carefully studying the breaches on other networks and collecting information about which accounts are more vulnerable to the attacks. Thus you see, Twitter has not been sitting idle for the time being and it had already speculated possible attacks on its database. However, its own systems have not been breached thankfully. After the Twitter breach, the social network strongly recommends all users to turn on the two factor authentication feature and also use a password manager to keep their accounts secure from hackers.
So have you secured your account by turning on the two factor authentication feature on your Twitter profile yet? If not, then do it as soon as possible. Who knows, you may be the nest victim on the hackers’ list. It is always better to stay prepared, right? What do you think on the matter? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section provided below. Have a safe day!