Twitter to Its 336M Users: Change Your Password, NOW!
06 May, 2018, 16:39 | Author: Gregory Stephens
Meanwhile, tech expert Jan Vermeulen says social media users should not take internet security for granted. However, according to Twitter, nobody knew about the log and there is no indication that any employee - or hacker - has ever accessed it.
On Thursday, Twitter disclosed that the internal system bug allowed the company to store user passwords in plain text.
Twitter stated in a post on its official blog that it had fixed the misconception and that it believed that no passwords were ruptured or misused. Still, the company suggested that users consider changing their passwords on other devices or services if they used the same password as they had on Twitter. The company made a total of $61 million in the first three months of this year, thanks in part to the strong growth in advertising revenue and decent gain in users. Notification has been sent by Twitter to its users asking them to modify their passwords, right away. These are used to confirm account credentials without revealing the actual password. "This is an industry standard".
You can change your Twitterpassword anytime by going to the password settings page. "We found this error ourselves, removed the passwords, and are implementing plans to prevent this bug from happening again".
But Twitter and GitHub have slipped up by inadvertently storing passwords in plain text. It should be pointed out that reusing passwords across different services is not recommended for user safety.
Despite Twitter's bold assurances, it is hard to ignore past occasions when large amounts of Twitter passwords have appeared for sale. 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.
Enable login verification, also known as two-factor authentication. Doing so will vastly increase the security of those accounts.
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