Twitter asks all users to change their passwords after bug

04 May, 2018, 14:18 | Author: Natasha Holloway
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The social media company said that it found and has fixed the glitch, and its investigation shows no indication of a breach or misuse by anyone.

While changing the password is all that is required to protect the account from potential abuse of Twitter's fauxpax, you may want to consider enabling login verification on top of that.

A bug caused the passwords to be written down in an internal log before the hashing process was complete, Twitter's chief technology officer Parag Agrawal wrote in a blog post on Thursday. Consequently users should act on the assumption that every password could have leaked in plain text, and change not only their twitter password but also passwords on any accounts that use the same password. "This is an industry standard".

"We recently found a bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log".

Twitter is telling people to consider changing their passwords after the company noticed it was accidentally storing them in clear text. But that reassurance was lost on the masses who believe digital privacy is already a thing of the past.

It's a good way to create strong, unique passwords like PO9&Ee9*_B7*fpai1H - and to have a place that they're safely stored.

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While Twitter says that the bug has been fixed and that the plaintext logs have been deleted, it is encouraging the password change out of "an abundance of caution". He followed up about 45 minutes later, saying, "I should not have said we didn't have to share. We did not need to, however, believe it is the suitable point to do", he said.

"I choose a long, strong password".

Go to https://twitter.com/settings/password, enter your existing password, then type a new one.

With 2FA, even if an attacker somehow did get access to a users' Twitter password, they still would not get access to the account without the 2FA credentials.

Of course, you're savvy people on the internet so you're always able to avoid this sort of nonsense by using a secure password manager like Lastpass or Dashlane.

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