Twitter users urged to change passwords after bug stored passwords unmasked

Twitter: no big deal, but everyone needs to change their password

However, the glitch caused passwords to be written into the company's internal computer system before the hashing process was completed. But due to a bug, all user passwords were stored in plaintext in an internal log. Agarwal says that they have investigated and fixed the bug and so far have found no signs of misuse or breach of user data.

In order to account security, it is recommended to change the password to log in to Twitter as well as on all services that use the same. This allows the system to validate a users' account credentials without revealing their password. "This is an industry standard", Twitter said in a blog post.

Like other social media and technology companies, Twitter too uses the "Hashing" technique to mask the password in the website's internal database system.

"We are very sorry this happened", Twitter said on its blog.

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Change your Twitter password To change password of your Twitter account, go to in-app Settings Account and privacy tap on Password enter current password and new password.

The company's Chief Technology Officer, Parag Agrawal said in a tweet, " We are sharing this information to help people take an informed decision about their account security.

'We recognize and appreciate the trust you place in us, and are committed to earning that trust every day'. I've believed we have to.

You might want to seriously consider changing your Twitter password today.

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The company said "our investigation shows no indication of breach or misuse by anyone". But on receiving criticism for saying so, he followed it up with an apology, the Time reported.

"I choose a long, strong password".

Of course, changing passwords after such an incident is theoretically ideal, and one can understand why Twitter would issue such advice. Dictionary words are easily cracked, so it's a good idea to use a password manager and generator to create logins that use a combination of numbers, letters and other characters. As a precautionary security measure, we have reset passwords and revoked session tokens for these accounts.

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