Twitter says: Change your Twitter password now, everyone

04 May, 2018, 03:32 | Author: Misty Newman
  • Jack Dorsey

Twitter is telling all users that they should change their passwords, now.

Twitter says there's no indication that there was a breach or that any of the passwords were misused.

While the company hasn't found evidence the password information left Twitter's systems, or was taken by anyone, it still recommends users to take the necessary precautions.

Chief executive Jack Dorsey said recent changes made to the service have helped "engagement", a measure of how often people turn to the social network and how long they stay.

The company announced on Thursday that it had found a "bug" in the system, leaving its passwords unmasked.

However, they did also encourage that all Twitter users - which is now over 330,000,000 accounts around the world - to change their account passwords, as well as enabling the two-step authentication for every account, for added security.

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Say my Twitter password is Password123 (1, it isn't; and 2, this shouldn't be your password for anything!).

In a statement, the company said, "We are very sorry this happened".

The problem was related to Twitter's use of "hashing" technology, which replaces passwords with numbers and letters as a user enters them. We recognize and appreciate the trust you place in us, and are committed to earning that trust every day. This is an industry standard. I tried to read it and it was just like, I don't even have time to read my own writing anymore.

For an extra layer of protection, you can also enable login verification - also known as two-factor authentication.

Use a password manager to make sure you're using strong, unique passwords everywhere.

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