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CBS affiliates see Twitter accounts hijacked; Password security in focus

Christina DesMarais | April 22, 2013
Two-factor authentication is in the spotlight again after the Twitter accounts for three CBS brands -- 60 Minutes, 48 Hours and a Denver news affiliate -- were hijacked and later suspended this weekend.

Two-factor authentication is the same kind of thing.

Want to log-in to Dropbox? Ideally, you'll dig up that unique password from your password manager, then you'll pick up your phone and wait to receive a code via text or an app. It's a really smart thing to do if you want to keep your stuff safe.

Yet for too many people, it's just too much work and for that reason you're going to keep seeing accounts like the ones involving CBS get hacked.

At the very least, anyone who's too lazy to use two-factor authentication needs to get a handle on how to create a strong password.

And remember to never ever do something such as log in to a website using a password you use on another site. That's one way employees of companies such as CBS give up the keys to the kingdom.


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