Twitter urges users to change passwords

06 May, 2018, 16:38 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Twitter advises all users to change passwords after glitch that exposed some in plain text

Out of abundance of caution, Twitter is advising that users change their passwords on all services where you've used the password.

A bug discovered in Twitter's internal systems has led to millions of passwords being stored insecurely. The company did not say how many user accounts were exposed, but they did reassure that the leaked data was not misused in any way.

Also, users are advised to change the passwords on any other sites where they have used the same passcodes.

Twitter says they have fixed the bug and the company's investigation showed there was no breach or misuse by anyone of this particular bug.

Independent security expert Graham Cluley said: "It's quite encouraging that Twitter both found the problem internally, and informed its users quickly and transparently".

"We recently identified a bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log", Twitter confirmed in a post on its blog this week.


The previously undiscovered log has apparently been sitting on Twitter's server readily available for anybody to take a quick look at. It believed this because Twitter did "not store passwords in plain text format".

The US Federal Trade Commission, which investigates companies accused of deceptive practices related to data security, declined comment on the password glitch. Next, the option of "Settings and Privacy" has to be clicked on from the drop-down list if you are on the website. "Do you think something like that could happen to us?'". From there, tap the "Change password" option.

Twitter does not store users' passwords.

Since the best passwords should be hard to remember, consider using a password manager like 1Password or Lastpass.

Use two-factor authorization. This technique allows you to receive a code via the phone.

Make sure each new password is also unique or you will have to go through this process again the next time there is a password issue at one of the services you use.

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