Webapp Sign-in Security Re: Twitter Happiness-gate

Last week’s Twitter snafu involving the hacking of several celebrity Twitter accounts and posting commercial and lewd remarks was found to come from an individual hacking into a Twitter support person’s account. The gist of the story is that an individual wrote a script to automatically try every word in the dictionary to break into an online account. It turns out that the password was ‘happiness’ and was found relatively quickly. 

For programmers and online entrepreneurs, the moral of the story is to only allow a few login attempts before the account is automatically locked. How is the account unlocked? The account can be unlocked by contacting support, if applicable, or by going through a forgot password sequence that involves answering a question or having a link emailed and clicked.

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