Twitter Administrator and CEO wife’s accounts hacked / Password Security

It can happen to everybody… the personal e-mail of a Twitter administrator, the e-mail account of Twitters’ CEO wife’s account were hacked, followed by the CEO’s Paypal and Amazon account, according to this article on CNN:

The Web has been buzzing since a hacker allegedly broke into a Twitter administrator’s personal e-mail account about a month ago and used that information to access the employee’s Google Apps account. […] In what appears to be a separate incident, a hacker broke into Twitter chief executive Evan Williams’ wife’s e-mail account and then accessed Williams’ PayPal and Amazon accounts […]

The main problem there seems to have been that they used weak passwords to protect their accounts.  

I always recommend building passwords along the following guidelines:

  • length between 8 and 12 characters, alphanumeric and non-alphanumeric
  • contain at least one upper-case letter
  • contain at least 1 non-alphanumeric value
  • do not use a derivation of a word, e.g “t3stt3stt3st”, “password1”.
  • use a sentence as basis for a password, pick letters of each word of that sentence, replace letter with numbers, add at least 1 non-alphanumeric value.

An example of constructing a secure password (do NOT use the password below) 

“This will be a cool password nobody will ever crack”


 Use the guidelines above, and you will never be hacked for the reason of having had weak passwords.


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