Twitter Avoids Ruffling Feathers With Prompt Response to Password Scare

Posted May 06, 2018

But it advised the users to contemplate changing their Twitter passwords "out of an abundance of caution".

Twitter played down the incident and said there's no evidence any passwords were used for nefarious purposes. It is unknown how many users were affected by this issue as Twitter never reported it.

While there has been no breach or misuse of the unmasked passwords, Twitter is recommending all of its users to change their password, including for third-party apps such as TweetDeck and Twitterrific.

In a blog, the social network said once the mistake was uncovered it carried out an internal investigation which found no indication passwords were stolen or misused by insiders. This allows our systems to validate your account credentials without revealing your password. Actually, Twitter is already trying to address the situation by warning users to change their passwords over a concern that they're being stored as plain text. As a solution, the developers have "removed the passwords and are implementing plans to prevent this bug from happening again". But the detected bug stored the passwords in their original plain-text form to an "internal log". Next, the option of "Settings and Privacy" has to be clicked on from the drop-down list if you are on the website.

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The thought is that your original password isn't ever presumed to be saved on Twitter's servers - but that's what happened in this case, the company stated.

Since the best passwords should be hard to remember, consider using a password manager like 1Password or Lastpass.

Remember that strong passwords should always be unique to each account and should be complicated enough to be considered truly secure.

Twitter users can also enable login verification or two-factor authentication to boost account security. Doing so will vastly increase the security of those accounts. If an evil guy administers to get one of your passwords and you're using it on multiple sites, he has the key to your data on all of them.

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