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Experts say security on Twitter lags behind other sites

Consumer Reports News: July 08, 2011 04:15 PM

Twitter security is lax, according to experts quoted in a recent Reuters article.
The site’s security came under scrutiny most recently after a Fourth of July hack of a Fox News Twitter account sent out false reports of President Barack Obama’s death. The hack may have been prevented if Twitter had simply had two-factor authentication available to users, according to the Reuters article.

"Two-factor authentication" means that to gain access to your account, you have to enter a code in addition to your password. The code changes every minute or so and is sent to your cell phone or other electronic device. Both Google and Facebook do offer two-factor authentication to their users.

Twitter also lets users communicate with the site using an ordinary, unscrambled connection, which can make it easier for potential hackers to steal passwords. The site offers the option of a secure connection, but to get to an encrypted connection you have to type "https" before entering the Twitter URL into the Web browser.

Given so much recent news of hacks, are you worried about the security of your Twitter feed--or that of any of your other online accounts?

Security online makes headlines:
CU Poll: Consumers want government to protect Internet privacy
Internet privacy, data security discussed at Senate hearing
Citigroup lost $2.7 million from credit card hack attack in May
Electronic Arts becomes latest cyber hacking victim

Twitter security lags some other sites: experts [Reuters]

Maggie Shader

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