Don’t use 'porn star names' on Twitter, users warned

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Don’t use 'porn star names' on Twitter, users warned

Karl Flinders

Avoid the mistakes made by the likes of Sarah Palin, Paris Hilton and Salma Hayek.

Security company Sophos is warning users of Microbloggging site Twitter not to tell people their "porn star names" because they are risking giving away passwords.

These names are usually created by mixing the name of your first pet with the street where you grew up or your mother's maiden name.

For example Tickles (the fish) Porter (the surname).

"Thousands of people are potentially making life easy for identity thieves eager to mine information from the micro-blogging website," said Sophos.

Web e-mail providers and other companies will ask questions like "what was the name of your first pet?" as security questions when users want to reset passwords.

"In the past, users have had their private e-mail accounts compromised by hackers guessing their secret answers," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.

He said the fact that computer users use the same passwords for multiple services only heightens the risks.

"In the past, Sarah Palin, Paris Hilton and Salma Hayek have all had their private e-mail accounts compromised by hackers guessing their secret answers," said Cluley. "People who freely share personal information online are leaving themselves open to these kinds of attacks


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