“Hey, it’s OurMine Team, we are just testing your security, please send us a message.”
Earlier this summer, that message was blasted out to my followers on Twitter… only I didn’t send it.
I had been hacked. I run a technology company — in fact, it’s a social media
management company that prides itself on world-class security for our customers.
For other professionals and executives out there on social media, here’s a rundown of what went wrong in some recent high-profile hacks and how you can keep your own accounts safe.
Beware of the side door
Here’s where I got tripped up. The hackers who breached my account actually gained entry through a completely different app that I hadn’t used in years.
Pump up your passwords
I can see your eyes glazing over. But strong passwords — the kind with lots of random numbers and symbols — actually do matter.
Sharing isn’t caring
But even a strong password
won’t do you any good if you share it around.
Two-factor is a no-brainer
After my hacking incident, I did something I should have done a long time ago: I enabled two-factor authentication on my Twitter
Careful where you click
Newer phishing scams can be hard to detect and easy to fall victim to. On social media
— where phishing is up 150% this year — avoid clicking links from unfamiliar users.
Have someone (or something) at the helm
My hackers struck late on a Saturday night and that was likely no accident.
When you’re hacked, time is of the essence
Getting hacked is bad enough. But getting hacked and not responding swiftly makes the situation exponentially worse.
This is an excerpt from Tech in Asia. You can read the full article here