Fri, 4 May 2018

It’s time to change your Twitter password

by Trepup

It’s time to change your Twitter password

Twitter urged its 330 million users to change their password after it discovered an internal glitch that caused some of the passwords to be stored in plain text on its internal computer system.

Twitter uses a technology known as hashing that masks passwords as a user enters them by replacing them with numbers and letters. Twitter’s blog explained that a bug caused the passwords to be written on an internal computer log before the hashing process was completed.

Although the social network assured users that the glitch was fixed, and no passwords were stolen or misused, it requested users to change their passwords "out of an abundance of caution".

Twitter didn’t disclose how many passwords were affected, but a source revealed that they were unmasked for several months.
"We are very sorry this happened," the Twitter blog said.

The company also advised its users to enable Twitter’s two-factor authentication service along with changing passwords to help prevent accounts from being hijacked.

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