Twitter to Congress: How to avoid a repeat of Weinergate

[Weinergate] left a few Capitol Hill staffers feeling a bit unnerved about whether the same thing could happen to their own boss’s Twitter accounts.

“Some of you inquired today about the security of Twitter accounts,” Twitter’s Adam Sharp wrote in an e-mail obtained by POLITICO. “While we won’t comment on individual accounts, news reports of the past few days are a good reminder of the importance of actively protecting your account credentials.”

Sharp recommended congressional offices use strong passwords including numbers and symbols; use unique passwords for each website used; beware of suspicious links; don’t give out usernames or passwords to “untrusted third parties”; and make sure computers and operating systems are updated with upgrades and anti-virus software.