Web Exclusive: How safe are your social media passwords?

Web Exclusive

(CNN) - Is your Facebook password the same as the one for your Twitter account? You could be asking for trouble.  Some recent high-profile twitter hacks serve as good reminders that both prominent and everyday social media users have to take precautions.

Not everyone has millions of Twitter followers, and not everyone's tweets or hacked twitter accounts can move markets.  Still, any user can take basic precautions to protect social media passwords, to avoid ugly hacks and stolen personal information, not to mention sparing followers and friends from spam.

First, don't be lazy about passwords. Have a different one for each social media account.  That way, if hackers get into one platform, they can't get access to all of them.  If it's too tough to memorize all of those number, letter and symbol combinations, consider an app that can manage them like "One Password" for Apple, Android and Windows, or "One Safe" for Apple products.

One of the sneakiest hacker tricks of late-- those direct messages or twitter mentions that appear to be from a connection, and ask things like, "Hey, is this you in this picture?" It's not, but it's tempting to click on the accompanying link and when users do, suddenly, a hacker can have entry.

And if you've simply stopped using an online platform, account or service, delete it completely. Fewer passwords mean fewer opportunities to get hacked.


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