Published: Sat, May 05, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

Twitter warns 330 million users to change their passwords

Twitter warns 330 million users to change their passwords

However, Twitter's misstep is disturbing because there's no reason for companies to store user passwords in plain text, even in internal files, according to Phil Libin, a startup founder and venture capitalist. "As a security industry, we should set higher standards for securing sensitive information such as passwords". This isn't because there's a high risk that the Twitter passwords have been exposed to bad guys, but simply because what you are doing is unsafe.

However the social media site also confirmed that the passwords were mainly exposed to some of their employees and that users need not worry about their data, which remains safe.

You can change your password by visiting Twitter's password reset page. Both services have confirmed that usernames and passwords were saved unmasked in plain text in internal logs. The glitch caused passwords to be written on an internal computer log before the scrambling process was completed, Twitter said in a blog post. Do you use different password on every website?

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If you want to take your security to the next level - and you probably should - you may want to look into enabling two-factor authentication for your sensitive accounts.

Chief executive Jack Dorsey tweeted to say the "bug" had been fixed.

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"We didn't have to, but believe it's the right thing to do", he said but, following widespread criticism, he later backpedaled on his initial comment and apologized to users. I've felt strongly that we should always.

Twitter stated it has since mounted the problem. Click on that and you should see the screen shown in Figure A. "People don't exactly know how to recognize that nowadays".

Twitter Support team has shared the information by making a tweet regarding the issue. "Stop it, or nobody will ever do anything not aggressively legislated as a requirement".

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