This morning DEM’s @sf_emergency tweeted a link promoting a weight loss fruit. Although we are all for healthy living, @sf_emergency does not share information of this nature nor would it ever. So what happened? The simple answer: we were hacked. A fairly innocuous hack, but none-the-less our social media/cyber security was compromised. And we take this seriously as @sf_emergency is a trusted resource for San Francisco’s emergency notifications, alerts and warnings. Unfortunately, hacking…happens. Case in point: last April the Associated Press experienced a far more serious security breach to their Twitter feed stating there were two explosions at the White House and the President was injured.
So, what are we doing about this morning’s hack? We’re taking a good look at our social media security practices, and one most significant (and easy) step we’re undergoing is to bolster our password security.
How can we all learn from this? Change your passwords regularly! Here’s some pointers when it comes to safe passwording:
- Create tough passwords for hackers to crack and don’t reuse your passwords across multiple sites
- Use long passwords, 12 characters or more, when allowed to
- Avoid words associated with the site or directly with yourself
- Avoid common words, such as password or 12345, etc
And a special thanks to our followers who noticed this morning’s errant tweet: thank you for speaking up!