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If you are on Twitter, you should change your password now

Image: Twitter (w/ edits)
Image: Twitter (w/ edits)
Twitter discovered a bug in their password hashing process that created a plaintext log containing user passwords. While the social media platform does not believe any breach has occurred, they urged their entire user base to reset their passwords as soon as possible.

Twitter users may want to head over to the popular social media site and update their passwords, the company suggested today. Due to a bug in their password hashing process, user passwords were copied to a plaintext log file prior to being masked, creating an easily readable record of passwords.

Thankfully, Twitter found the bug internally and doesn’t believe any malicious parties have accessed the logs. The company also reiterated that the issue did not involve a breach of any kind. The social media platform did not disclose how many users the bug affected, but the fact that they’re prompting everyone to reset their passwords hints that the problem was prolific. There are currently over 336 million registered users on the platform.

Twitter also recommended that users change their password to one that was unique to the site and to enable two-factor authentication via their account settings. Two-factor authentication requires approval on a separate device or through a separate service once a password is entered and is widely regarded as one of the better methods through which users can secure login information and other data.

You can reset your password by logging into Twitter and navigating to the Settings page. See the images below for further reference.

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Sam Medley, 2018-05- 3 (Update: 2018-05- 3)
Sam Medley
Sam Medley - Review Editor - @samuel_medley
I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.