By William Branch
Photo Cred: Wikimedia Commons
“Hey, it’s OurMine Team, we are just testing your security, please send us a message.”
The tweet that was sent on Hootsuite’s CEO, Ryan Holmes, Twitter account. Only issue, the message was not sent from him. HE. GOT. HACKED.
Something so innocuous as an app authorization he had on his FourSquare account opened him up to an attack. Everyone is at risk, but a sudden rash of attacks on CEOs this past summer has made cyber awareness and cybersecurity more than necessary.
Cybersecurity. Defined by Merriam-Webster as “measures taken to protect a computer or computer system (as on the Internet) against unauthorized access or attack”. In this world we live in cybersecurity is just as important as home or financial security. Yahoo was attacked, with information of over 500 million users stolen. That is why using stronger passwords, enabling two factor account authentication, and being wary of unknown websites is important in securing your information online.
Clean up your accounts; make sure you remove authorization for accounts you don’t utilize anymore. I cannot say I am impervious to an attack, but by taking on a “don’t trust everything you see on the internet” mindset I have created a sturdy buffer from those looking to steal my information for nefarious purposes. Twitter, Instagram, Email, Facebook, and other social media services are great for connecting and sharing information. Just make sure the information being shared isn’t going to come back to bite you. Stay conscious of your passwords, ensure that you do not share the same password across multiple accounts; utilize digits as well as symbols to strengthen your passwords, and do not share accounts with anyone unless you have two factor authentication (passcodes and phone number authentication). Stay safe and be wary, the internet can be a dangerous place, but only if you let it.
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Holmes, Ryan. “Hootsuite’s CEO on what He Learned from Getting Hacked on Social Media”. https://hbr.org/2016/10/hootsuites-ceo-on-what-he-learned-from-getting-hacked-on-social-media. 6 Oct. 2016. Accessed 16 Oct. 2016.
“Using Login Verification.” Twitter, 30 Oct. 2016, support.twitter.com/articles/20170388.