ALERT | Twitter urges users to change passwords

Leroy Wright
May 6, 2018

Twitter says it has isolated and resolved the issue, removing any stored passwords and "implementing plans" to ensure the issue does not resurface.

The modification in password can be done on opening the Twitter app or website.

Companies usually adopt some cryptographic process of storing confidential information.

In Twitter's case, the scare was temporary.

Normally, Twitter protects passwords through a process called hashing, in which it replaces the actual characters of a password with random letters and numbers. "We recently found a bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log". Since the passwords were mainly exposed to the company's employees there was not much of a worry. This is not a security breach, but users are advised to create a new password as a precautionary measure. It has since been deleted and the company is taking steps to fix the flaw. While it is noble of them to come clean about this situation, who knows how long the plaintext file with passwords existed. To enable two factor authentication, you would need to go to Account Settings Security Login verification.

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- Toby Shapshak, Stuff magazine editor-in-chiefYou should never have the same password and you should never have a password that is obvious or simple. The reports have suggested that Twitter had discovered the flaw a few weeks and has reported it to some regulators.

This debacle comes at a time when the entire social media sector is facing such enormous scrutiny with regards to protection of personal data online.

Twitter last week reported its second consecutive quarterly profit, boosting the outlook for the platform after years in the red. Twitter made a mistake and it's the right of the users to know what happened.

First quarter revenues rose 21 percent from a year ago to $665 million, and the key metric of monthly active users increased by six million from late last year to 336 million.

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