Indeed, Social media security has become a big issue for internet users. Hackers are now more active on social networking websites, as LinkedIn reported 6.46 million passwords hacked during last month. Besides, a significant number of passwords were also hacked on Twitter a few months before. On Twitter, the passwords of even some celebrities including Britney Sphere and Lance Armstrong were hacked a few months before. Most important paraphernalia is here, the hackers astounded the world after hacking the Twitter account of America’s President “Mr. Obama” and also of spiritual Guru “Mr. Dalai Lama”, the man known as the symbol of peace. For avoiding hacking, Veracode application security testing platform has carved an Infographic to help the people to stay safe from future hacking.
According to the Infographic, it is really very hard to keep social networking platform 100% secure. As more and more people share photos, comments and more with friends globally via social networking platform, it’s tough to find out the “black sheep” among millions, responsible to spread out viruses and cyber attacks.
Social media websites are using malware applications to gather sensitive info and use it for their advantages. Facebook’s ‘KoobFace’ is a malware application, generating $2 million profit for Facebook. The application uses ‘compromised computers’ to build a peer-to-peer botnet. The malware applications used by variant social networking websites are responsible for security vulnerabilities.
It has been noticed that 30% of passwords are having less than 6 characters, while 60% password consists only alpha and numeric characters. On the other hand, 50% of users use slang, dictionary words and constructive digits for their passwords.
How to avoid password hacking:
- Password length should be greater than 8 characters.
- Password should be a complex combination of symbols, letters (both upper and lower case) and numbers.
- Change the password in every three months (especially if you feel that your password is being leaked).
- Avoid using same password in different accounts.
See the infographic for further information: