Learn From Zuckerberg's Mistake And Make Your Accounts Harder To Hack

June 8, 2016

Remember that LinkedIn data breach that was getting a lot of attention a few weeks back? The one that might've affected more than 100 million users? Well, it's looking like Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's creator and CEO, had some of his other social accounts hijacked as a result of the breach.

Zuckerberg's Twitter and Pinterest accounts were compromised this week, and the hacker (or hackers) responsible claim they got the tech CEO's password — " dadada" — from the LinkedIn dataset. That's because he was allegedly using the same password for multiple accounts. A handful of other celebrities also had accounts hacked, possibly from the same breach.

You’d think Zuckerberg, of all people, would've had better digital hygiene. We’ve all heard a million times by now how to make a strong password:

  • Do not use the same password on more than one account.
  • Your password should be at least eight characters long.
  • Your password should not have your name, your username or your company's name as part of the password.
  • You should avoid using full words as part of the password. (Try replacing letters with numbers. For example: Newsy could be N3w$y.)
  • You should alternate between uppercase and lowercase letters.
  • Your password should use numbers and special characters.
  • You should change your password every so often (the timeframe is up to you). Make sure the new password isn't similar to the older password you're replacing.

If remembering dozens of complex passwords seems daunting or you're worried you might forget one, start using a password manager.

Password manager apps will remember all your passwords for you. All you have to remember is one super-strong password to get into the application. A lot of these managers will also come up with hard-to-hack passwords for you to use on other accounts.

A really good — not to mention free — password manager that will work on mobile devices and computers is Dashlane. Another good option that has a free trial period before you have to pay is 1Password.