Social Media users are facing data privacy issue yet again. This time your Twitter Password is in question.
The micro-blogging social media platform is urging it’s 330 million users to immediately change their passwords after they detected a bug in the way they store passwords.
In a recent announcement, Twitter mentioned that the found the bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log, and the company advice it’s users to change their passwords as an act of cautionary.
We recently found a bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log. We fixed the bug and have no indication of a breach or misuse by anyone. As a precaution, consider changing your password on all services where you’ve used this password. https://t.co/RyEDvQOTaZ
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) May 3, 2018
As per Twitter’s official statement, investigation shows no indication of breach or misuse by anyone.
Explaining the bug, Twitter mentioned “We mask passwords through a process called hashing using 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 revealing your password. This is an industry standard.
Due to a bug, 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 bug from happening again.”
We are sharing this information to help people make an informed decision about their account security. We didn’t have to, but believe it’s the right thing to do. https://t.co/yVKOqnlITA
— Parag Agrawal (@paraga) May 3, 2018
Tips on Account Security
This time when you change Twitter Password, keep following things in mind.
- Change your password on Twitter and on any other service where you may have used the same password.
- Use a strong password that you don’t reuse on other websites.
- Enable login verification, also known as two-factor authentication. This is the single best action you can take to increase your account security.
- Use a password manager to make sure you’re using strong, unique passwords everywhere.