Twitter Messed Up And Now Wants You To Change Your Password
16 May, 2018 | Social media
If you have a Twitter account, you may have already seen this message but if you haven’t or if you ignored it, then you should change your Twitter password immediately.
When you log into Twitter you may have been greeted with this polite pop-up:
“Keeping your account secure
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. Out of an abundance of caution, we ask that you consider changing your password on all services where you’ve used this password. Learn more”
Twitter announced via their blog that a now fixed bug meant that Twitter passwords had been stored unmasked in an internal log…
Twitter insists that they haven’t found any evidence of abuse, but they have also stated “Out of an abundance of caution” to change your password ASAP.
This also means if you have been using the same password for other websites (which of course you shouldn’t be doing anyway) you will need to change the password on those accounts too.
So if you haven’t already, make sure you get your password changed.
Here’s how you change your Twitter password –
Log into Twitter > go to your profile icon in the top right (Profile and settings) > Settings and privacy > on the side navigation click Password. Then follow the steps.
And while you are at it you should also set up two-factor authentication –
Go to your profile icon in the top right (Profile and settings) > Account > Set up login verification > click Start > enter your password and click Verify > click Send code and add your phone number > enter the verification code that was sent to your device and click Submit.
You should now be safe on Twitter once again.