You should change your Twitter password right now

Yes, it’s that time again — password changing hour. On Thursday, Twitter revealed that a bug caused the platform to store user passwords in unmasked form. Normally, sensitive personal data like passwords would be stored in hashed sort employing a mix of letters and numbers to protect the content of the password itself. In such instances, it sounds like Twitter stored plain text passwords openly without any hashing on an internal log.

Twitter notes that it currently has ” no reason to believe password datum ever left Twitter’s system” or that these unprotected passwords were accessed by hackers, but the risk of the unknown remains. The company has advised users to change their passwords as a precautionary measure.

Here’s what Twitter tells happened šŸ˜› TAGEND

We mask passwords through a process called hashing use 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 disclosing your password. This is an industry standard.

Due to a glitch, 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 glitch from happening again.

We’ve reached out to Twitter for more details on the bug and more detailed information about how this could have happened. Update : Twitter declined to provide additional technical details on the incident but emphasized that is believes the likelihood that the passwords were discoverable is “extremely low” and an internal investigation has disclosed no indications of a breach or other misuse.

It’s pretty unusual for a company of this sizing to make such a basic security mistake, but that’s just another reason for users to take password protection into their own hands. Now is the perfect time to start using two-factor authentication and a password manager like LastPass or 1Passwordto keep your account credentials safe even when the platforms you use fail to do so.

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