Monday, 17 December, 2018

Twitter Warns Users To Change Passwords Following Internal Glitch

Twitter says its users should change their passwords which may have been exposed Twitter says its users should change their passwords which may have been exposed
Leonard Rios | 06 May, 2018, 16:42

As a result, the social media giant's top technology executive is urging users to change their passwords "out of an abundance of caution".

Twitter instructed users on how to change their passwords from the Twitter app or web page.

On Twitter's website, click on Profile Settings and privacy Password.

Also, users are advised to change the passwords on any other sites where they have used the same passcodes. "We've fixed, see no indication of breach or misuse, and believe it's important for us to be open about this internal defect". Typically, when the user enters his or her password to log into Twitter, they are masked by hashing process (Twitter uses bcrypt), which replaces the text with a random string of characters.

Users receive a warning message when logging in to Twitter.

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The glitch was related to Twitter's use of "hashing" and caused passwords to be written on an internal computer log before the scrambling process was completed, the blog said. This allows our systems to validate your account credentials without revealing your password. "We found this error ourselves, removed the passwords, and are implementing plans to prevent this bug from happening again". Uncoded passwords were collected in an internal log, the French press and the Associated Press reported. For this reason, it is vital that you update all your accounts with the same password.

Since the best passwords should be hard to remember, consider using a password manager like 1Password or Lastpass. It should be pointed out that reusing passwords across different services is not recommended for user safety.

Twitter's standard security procedure for firms is to scramble or encrypt passwords stored on an internal server.

Remember that strong passwords should always be unique to each account and should be complicated enough to be considered truly secure. The fact that the company is suggesting that you change your password could mean that there is significant risk involved.

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