If you recently received an e-mail from Twitter telling you your password was hacked, it’s no joke, it’s for real.
Here’s the e-mail I received. I actually got it twice – as I am the primary manager of 2 Twitter accounts.
Don’t believe me?
If you got this e-mail, don’t click the links in the e-mail. Instead, go to http://twitter.com and sign in, or rather, try to sign in. It will tell you you need to reset your Twitter password.
Twitter says up to 250,000 users might have been affected, and offers this insight into how to keep its users secure.
What can you do in the future to protect yourself?
Don’t use the same password on every site you use – Just in case your password is ever compromised, having different passwords for different sites will prevent everything from getting hacked.
Don’t click any links in e-mails that talk about a security breach – Instead of clicking the link, type in the URL yourself. In this case, instead of clicking on a link in the Twitter e-mail, I manually typed in my address bar Twitter.com and tried to sign in. When I verified I couldn’t, I read the rest of the e-mail.
Don’t pass along things until you confirm they are true – I never post about security breached, on any channel, until I verify with my own eyes they are true. I do this to protect my reputation and to be a trusted source. I check every hoax at Snopes.com as well as by doing a search on Google for a few terms in the message and the words hoax and fraud (in separate searches).
In conclusion, if you got this message, your password WAS compromised, so head on over to Twitter.com and change your password. And keep your passwords safe in the future by following my 3 tips.