Zuckerberg facebook accounts not up to the Mark

None other than Mark Zuckerberg, tech celebrity and CEO of a social network he founded, has now fallen prey to a hack.

Earlier on Sunday, it came to light that Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts were hacked by a group called OurMine Team.

The group gained access thanks to a previous LinkedIn breach in May of this year, when a hacker by the name of Peace managed to gain access to over 117 million users’ credentials, and was eventually spotted selling the data dump online. OurMine Team even taunted the Facebook co-founder on Twitter saying, “You were in the LinkedIn database with the password ‘dadada’.”

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Despite heading a major tech corporation, that prides itself on its security, Zuckerberg used a ridiculously simple password for his LinkedIn account, and likely re-used that for his other social media accounts, which is how the hackers gained access. That’s a worrying habit to fall into. It’s always better to make sure your accounts are safe, rather than trusting in being of no interest to hackers, and therefore a little lax. So here are a few simple ways you can keep your email addresses, social media accounts, and online profiles secure.

Create a strong, unique password: Online security firm SplashData released a global report from among tens of millions of people in January 2016, saying “123456” and “password” are the most commonly used passwords among internet users. “The longer passwords are so simple as to make their extra length virtually worthless as a security measure,” the company says. To make a strong password, be sure to incorporate numbers and special characters like * and #.

Use a password manager: Try using a password manager. While there are plenty to choose from, like LastPass, 1Password, Dashlane, KeePass, and Password Safe, pick one that best meets your needs and your budget. Password managers store all your online profiles and their passwords in a vault – either in a downloaded app on your smartphone or a browser extension on your PC – and secured with a master password. That way, you only need to remember one password for every platform, but your login details still remain unique.

Consider enabling Twitter’s Login Verification / Facebook Code Generation: Some websites let you go a step further for your security. Login Verification for Twitter requires you to enter an extra code that is sent to your mobile phone, every time you sign in. Similarly, Facebook’s Code Generation on the smartphone app provides a unique code to enter, every time you want to sign in on a desktop.

Report compromised accounts: If you believe that someone you know on Twitter or Facebook has been compromised, you can report their account. On Twitter you can select the gear icon on the person’s profile and click on Report. From there, select the option “Their account may be hacked” to proceed. On Facebook, click the three dots on the top-right corner of the profile, and select the Report option.

Keep your security software updated: Most anti-virus software these days come prepackaged with email scanners, PC firewalls and even online browsing safety protocols. Buying a license for a well-reputed security software is well worth the long-term investment.

Check password dump sites: For the more tech-savvy, you can check one of the various data dump websites following the hack of a major site you had a profile on. This can let you know if any of your other accounts might be in danger.

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