Even Mark Zuckerberg uses the same password for different accounts

Mark Zuckerberg's Terrible Password Revealed as Accounts Hacked

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg appears to have defied his website's own security guidelines by using the same passwords on multiple social media accounts, according to hackers who breached his Twitter and Pinterest profiles.

The hackers responsible, OurMine Team, claimed to have accessed Zuckerberg's profiles using his LinkedIn account information, which they said was found in a recent dump of 117 million user accounts, The Verge reported.

If true, that would mean Zuckerberg used the same password for multiple accounts, in direct opposition to his own company's guidelines for password security. "For extra security, your Facebook password should be different than the passwords you use to log into other accounts, like your email or bank account," Facebook states in its Help Center.

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Hackers posted one tweet on Zuckerberg's Twitter account @finkd (which he hadn't used for years) and also altered the 32-year-old's display name on Pinterest. According to images posted on social media, hackers revealed Zuckerberg's password, claiming it was part of the LinkedIn hack, reported in 2012, and found for sale on the dark net last month. Twitter temporarily suspended Zuckerberg's account, Venture Beat reported, but later restored it, with the offending tweet removed. The alteration made to his Pinterest account has also been undone.

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Even Mark Zuckerberg uses the same password for different accounts

Be unique

Countless hacks have found many internet users tend to rely on simple phrases that are easily cracked. "Facebook" for a Facebook password and "LinkedIn123" for LinkedIn. Instead, use words phrases that are unique to your life, so they are easy to remember, but less easy to crack. 

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Don't just use letters

Many sites require numbers and/or special characters in passwords these days, and for good reason. Passwords that only use letters are easier to figure out.


Go long

The longer your password, the better. Shorter passwords are easier for hackers to crack using high-powered computers. The longer the password, the longer it takes to crack, which means most will give up. 


Change your passwords

For the most secure accounts that you need protected, changing passwords regularly can help prevent a security breach. 


Don't use details people could know

While numbers are great additions to passwords, hackers could easily figure out the four digits of your birthday. Top security experts suggest ignoring dates entirely. (Shutterstock)

Pay attention to password reset questions too

Mitt Romney fell victim to a hacker when one was able to guess the name of his favorite pet and used it to retrieve and reset his email password in 2012. Stick with information that as few people as possible are likely to know


Use Password Managers

These services add an extra step into your password process, but they generate nearly crack-proof strings of alphanumeric combinations that are often at least 12-characters long. 

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Avoid using them on stranger computers

Computer used at a library or even a friend's house could have malware that steals your passwords.



Zuckerberg wasn't the only celebrity targeted by hackers recently. On Sunday, actor Jack Black's band Tenacious D tweeted that its account had been hacked, as did singer Keith Richards. A fresh tweet on the Twitter page of late "Jackass" star Ryan Dunn, who died in 2011, caused concern that his account, too, had been hacked. That tweet had not been removed by Monday morning. According to reports, Kylie Jenner's account was also hacked on Monday with a series of inflammatory tweets. However, it was not clear whether the hackers that claimed responsibility for breaching Zuckerberg's accounts were also behind other hacks.

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LinkedIn said in 2012 it had invalidated passwords of accounts affected in the breach, and said it would notify users via email about how to update their passwords.

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