Twitter warned all its 336 million users that their passwords have been compromised and they should change them immediately. According to the company, a software glitch stored those passwords unmasked in a log.
We have fixed the bug, and our investigation shows no indication of breach or misuse by anyone,
Twitter’s CTO Parag Agrawal said.
Agrawal has recently apologized for the inconvenience in a blog post.
Twitter’s chief executive believes that the company should be “open” about the newly found bug. The company advised all users to change the passwords to their Twitter accounts as they are no longer safe to use.
Also, users are advised to change the passwords on any other sites where they have used the same passcodes.
The company wouldn’t provide an exact number of the passwords that were stored without encryption in the log. One of the passwords that now needs to be changed belongs to the U.S. president Donald Trump. In 2017, an outgoing Twitter employee temporarily shut down Trump’s account. The ban lasted 11 minutes.
Here’s How to Change Your Twitter Password
Twitter instructed users on how to change their passwords from the Twitter app or web page. All users should see a pop-up prompting them to change their passwords. If the pop-up fails to appear, there is another way to do it.
Just tap on your profile pic in the app or website. In the Twitter app, go to the “Settings and privacy” tab and look for the tab called “Account.” From there, tap the “Change password” option.
On Twitter’s website, click on Profile > Settings and privacy > Password.
If you have forgotten your Twitter password, you can reset it by clicking on the “Forgot password? link in the login screen. While you are it, you should opt for the two-factor authentication since it is safer than just the password.
Image Source: Flickr