Monday, 20 August, 2018

Twitter warns all users should change passwords after security bug uncovered

Twitter advises all users to change passwords after glitch that exposed some in plain text Twitter advises all users to change password after bug exposes login information
Cristina Norman | 04 May, 2018, 14:19

However, the glitch caused passwords to be written into the company's internal computer system before the hashing process was completed.

"Password hashing" is an industry standard, and can prevent a hacker from quickly exploiting the information if it ever leaks.

Twitter warned its users on Thursday to change their passwords after it discovered that it had mistakenly stored them internally prior to fortifying them through a security technique, leaving the passwords vulnerable to hackers.

A spokesperson for Twitter said an internal investigation into the bug is ongoing, but wouldn't say how long the passwords had been exposed. Twitter urged all users to consider changing their password "out of an abundance of caution".

"We are very sorry this happened", he said.

A more detailed explanation of the issue can be seen below, or on the official Twitter blog. "We believe this is the right thing to do".

Having a strong password won't help if your login is accidentally exposed in plain text format, but it will protect your account from hackers. It's best to use a strong password that the user isn't already using on other websites.

In a blogpost by Twitter's chief technology officer, Parag Agrawal apologised for the mishap and urged users to change their passwords. I have felt strongly that we should. Verify the new password.

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.

If your Twitter password is the same on another internet account, consider changing that password, too. For activating the feature, Go to setting and privacy Account Security.

Agrawal outlines a number of ways to increase the security of one's account, including two-factor authentication - a mechanism that multiple tech experts told TheDCNF is superior to most others.

When you sign in to Twitter after setting up login verification, you start the process as usual but are asked to enter the code sent to your mobile phone in a second login verification step.

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