Why you shouldn’t reveal your porn star name on Twitter

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

In the last day or so there has been a major trend for users of the Twitter website to Tweet their porn star names, typically formed by posting the name of your first pet and the name of the first street you lived on.

By doing so, however, thousands of people are potentially making life easy for identity thieves eager to mine information from the micro-blogging website.

The problem is that many sites (such as web email providers) may ask you what the name of your first pet was if you ever forget your password and wish to reset it.

So, a hacker could grab details like your pet’s name to try and crack into your email account. Think that’s unlikely? Well, the likes of Sarah Palin, Paris Hilton and Salma Hayek have all had their private email accounts broken into by hackers after they guessed their…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.