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Newsweek Twitter hack is a sign of the times

Zach Miners | Feb. 11, 2015
The compromise shows Twitter's attractiveness to hackers despite its cybersecurity features.

Two-factor authentication is easy enough when you're the only person using an account, because the code is sent to your own phone. But it's trickier to employ for a business account to which multiple employees, using different phones, have access.

In this case, businesses should consider using a centralized dashboard application, like Hootsuite or GroupTweet, to manage their Twitter account, said Amit of ZeroFOX. Pick a complicated password to log in to Twitter via the centralized app. From there, a business can give permission for individual employees to access the company account using two-factor logins.

Also, companies should take a wider look at their online presence across social media, Amit said. If the CEO (or CFO) has a weak password and does not use two-factor authentication for a personal account, that might present an easy target for hackers, who could then spread misinformation or access other accounts to which the executives have access.

 

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