Social Proof – Change Your Twitter Password Now If You’re More Popular Than Me

Social Proof.

Some of us have it, some of us don’t. But what is it exactly?

Some of you may think it is the number of followers you have on Twitter – I have some 7,736 right now which I guess makes up for having such a tiny… ego. But perhaps the true test is whether your account is hack-worthy?

Alas, mine isn’t it would seem.


I’m not one of the quarter of a million or so Twitter users who were affected by the now well known hack attack:

“This week, we detected unusual access patterns that led to us identifying unauthorized access attempts to Twitter user data. We discovered one live attack and were able to shut it down in process moments later. However, our investigation has thus far indicated that the attackers may have had access to limited user information – usernames, email addresses, session tokens and encrypted/salted versions of passwords – for approximately 250,000 users.”
Twitter blog

Of course that doesn’t really mean anything because I’m sure that the compromised accounts were completely random but it did get me searching my spam filters… just in case. Oh, and I changed my password anyway, just so I could fit in with the ‘cool guys’ who were hit (this should also be a reminder to you not to re-use your Twitter password on any other sites by the way).

Did any of you have your Twitter account hacked yesterday or are you all social losers just like me??

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


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