Twitter has asked its 330 million users to change their password

Recently, Twitter asked it 330 million users to change their password. The tweet from the Tweeter Support account was like this

“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://blog.twitter.com/official/en_us/topics/company/2018/keeping-your-account-secure.html …”

Twitter asked its user to change their password after they found that through a bug, the user’s password was being exposed and it was being saved in a plain text, without using any type of encryption system which usually masks the password so that it can’t be seen or used by anybody else. The social media giant has stated that it has successfully fixed the bug and according to its investigation, it was found that the data was not misused by anyone and there was no any sign of a breach.

But if you are having a Twitter account then you should change your password right now.

In a post on the company blog by the CTO of the company, Parag Agarwal, it was written that

“When you set a password for your Twitter account, we use technology that masks it so no one at the company can see it. We recently identified a bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log. We have fixed the bug, and our investigation shows no indication of breach or misuse by anyone”

He further added “Out of an abundance of caution, we ask that you consider changing your password on all services where you’ve used this password. You can change your Twitter password anytime by going to the password settings page”

You can follow the below-mentioned techniques to make your password stronger on twitter

  • You can use a combination of upper case, lower case letters, special characters and numerical values for example ‘Forexample1@’. This is one of the best ways to keep hackers away from stealing your password.
  • Another method which you can use to avoid any type of password issue is the two factor authentication. Currently, this is the best way to protect your account from hackers. It puts two layers of security for your twitter account. So after setting this two factor authentication, you don’t only have to enter password for logging in to your account, but you will also have to enter the OTP sent to your registered mobile number.
  • Don’t use common passwords like your mobile number, birth date, name of your pet.
  • Never use the same password everywhere because once a hacker will get to know your single password, then he can get his hands on all your accounts including Twitter.

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