Twitter finds security bug, advises changing passwords

04 May, 2018, 14:19 | Author: Shannon Aguilar
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Twitter said the bug caused the passwords to be written to an internal log before they were masked.

Agrawal urged users to consider changing their passwords on all services they had used them for, and shared some tips for firming up the security of their accounts.

The San Francisco-based social media company said it found a bug that "stored passwords unmasked in an internal log", according to a blog post from Chief Technology Officer Parag Agrawal.

Twitter has made an appeal to more that 330 million users on its platform to change their Twitter account password. "This is an industry standard".

The company said it removed the non-encrypted passwords from its system, and is working to avoid such an issue happening again.

"Since this is true, we are not forcing a password reset but are presenting the information for people to make an informed decision about their account". "We are very sorry this happened", Twitter posted on its blog.

The good news is the bug has been fixed and Twitter does not believe a breach has occurred. But the detected bug stored the passwords in their original plain-text form to an "internal log".

As a result, Twitter suggested that its users change their passwords. The pop-up window contains a link to their settings page where the users can change their password.

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Use a strong password that you don't reuse on other websites.

After the recent disclose that Twitter sold data to Cambridge Analytica, Twitter already received severe criticism.

"I should not have said we didn't have to share". I have felt strongly that we should.

Click on the account icon in the upper right corner next to Tweet, and select "Settings and privacy" from the menu.

To add extra protection in Twitter account users can activate login verification. Users will be prompted to enter their current password and enter their new password twice.

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.

Bonus 1: Set up third-party verification app You can also choose third-party applications such as Duo Mobile, Authy or Google Authenticator to get the verification code.

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