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Twitter Recommends Users Change Passwords in Wake of Internal Plaintext Password Exposure

Twitter Recommends Users Change Passwords in Wake of Internal Plaintext Password Exposure

Twitter says all Twitter users should update their passwords, following the exposure of some passwords in plaintext on its internal network.

From the Twitter Blog:

We mask passwords through a process called hashing using a function known as bcrypt, which replaces the actual password with a random set of numbers and letters that are stored in Twitter’s system. This allows our systems to validate your account credentials without revealing your password. This is an industry standard.  

Due to a bug, passwords were written to an internal log before completing the hashing process. We found this error ourselves, removed the passwords, and are implementing plans to prevent this bug from happening again.

The social network says the bug has been fixed and that there was no breach or misuse of the data. However, Twitter is recommending that users “consider” changing their passwords.

Again, although we have no reason to believe password information ever left Twitter’s systems or was misused by anyone, there are a few steps you can take to help us keep your account safe:

  1. Change your password on Twitter and on any other service where you may have used the same password.
  2. Use a strong password that you don’t reuse on other websites.
  3. Enable login verification, also known as two factor authentication. This is the single best action you can take to increase your account security.
  4. Use a password manager to make sure you’re using strong, unique passwords everywhere.

Ironically, this happened on “World Password Day,” which is a “celebration to promote better password habits.” MacTrast strongly suggests creating a unique password for every login you use on websites or apps. Manage your passwords by using an app like Dashlane or 1Password.

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