Social Media Roundup: Change Your Password Today

Social Media Roundup: Change Your Password Today

A recent study notes that most passwords are vulnerable to hacking. Now is as good a time as any to change your password. Also: Why did the attempt to let voters speak fail for Facebook?

Your password is eight characters, with an exclamation point and a capital letter somewhere. Think you’re secure?A new study suggests you may not be.

That and more in today’s Social Media Roundup:

You Need Password POWER

For years, it’s been drilled into your brain: A sufficiently secure password includes eight or more characters, a capital letter, and a symbol. But that conventional wisdom is wrong, because most people take the easy way out. “Most people put a capital letter at the beginning, and if you use a symbol, you probably use an exclamation mark,” according to Deloitte’s Richard Lee. In fact, you put yourself at risk by using a relatively simple, human-readable password, even more so when you use it all over the internet. (Did you know that the average person uses passwords on 26 sites, but has just five passwords?) So, if you need one more thing to add to your to-do list tomorrow … change your password. (ht @delcor)

Voting Booth

Ever tried to open up discussion and voting to your members? Any good leader should encourage some kind of democratic participation. But what happens when the voters ignore you? That’s what happened to Facebook, when less than one-tenth of 1 percent of users voted on recent privacy policy changes. A post from Michael Teteur, CEO of Votenet, explains how associations can make sure to get a better turnout for voting with six easy steps. (h/t @dierdrereid)

What are you tweeting about today? Let us know the comments.

Chloe Thompson

By Chloe Thompson

Chloe Thompson is a contributing writer to Associations Now. MORE

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