The fine folks at Twitter suffered an unfortunate security breach this week when hundreds of the company’s internal documents, spreadsheets, and other files were stolen and leaked to the Internet (note: this was business planning stuff, not usernames or passwords of folks like you and me). Information like employee interview schedules, building alarm codes, credit card numbers, business partner confidentiality agreements, employee dietary restrictions, and even a pitch for a Twitter TV show all fell victim to the attack.
If I may go off-topic for just a moment: Yes, folks are apparently working on some kind of Twitter show.
Twitter, of course, blogged about the incident and stated that employees have been reminded about the importance of following good personal security guidelines like choosing strong passwords. Evan Williams, CEO of Twitter, also mused that he was “alarmed how vulnerable most of us on the web are.” Naturally, we couldn’t agree more on the importance of these topics, because these kinds of security breaches can happen to anyone who isn’t serious enough with their passwords. But we were also honored to see Evan recommend our own 1Password as a better way to manage passwords and protect one’s online life.
In another tweet today, Evan offered some good password tips to his followers. Among them are good habits – like using strong passwords – and other habits that are good to break – like using the same password everywhere no matter how strong it is. Evan also said that a “practical way to do this: 1Password.” And yet again, we find ourselves tongue-tied when it comes to disagreeing with statements from Twitter or its employees.
We thank @ev for his recommendation, and hope 1Password can help Twitter to manage its passwords and identities. It is, of course, great to see 1Password recommended by such a high-profile tech CEO. But at the end of the day, we genuinely hope that we can help prevent anyone from having to go through such an unfortunate breach of security.
Chief Media Producer, Agile Web Solutions