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Instagram Has Fixed Its Temporary Outage, Password Problems

19 November, 2018, 20:38 | Author: Rafael Roberts
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Additionally, Instagram notified the affected users asking them to change their passwords and clear their browsing history as well. Until now. Over the weekend, it was revealed that a new security flaw could have inadvertently exposed Instagram passwords to public view.

A spokesperson for Instagram also told The Verge, "If someone submitted their login information to use the Instagram "Download Your Data" tool, they were able to see their password information in the URL of the page". The report further revealed that the passwords were sent to Facebook's servers as well. And this information was also saved on Facebook's servers. The company recently introduced the "Your Activity" dashboard to tackle the users spending more and more time on their app.

It remains a mystery why Instagram would store passwords in plain text, which is considered bad practice - like, really bad practice. "If that's happening, then there are likely much bigger problems than that", he added.


Another week, another security issue related to Facebook or one of its properties. At this point, the breadth of the flaw is unclear, but Instagram says the issue was "discovered internally and affected a very small number of people".

Instagram has apparently informed users whose passwords were leaked and those who have not been informed remain unaffected.

Anyone whose account was affected is said to have already received an email about the issue from Instagram.

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