Note: When you change your Twitter password, make sure to update it at any other site linked to your Twitter account.
The company is presenting users with a pop-up window that includes a message about the bug and a link to their Settings page where they can change the password. That wouldn't have made a change in the Twitter case, but not all online service makes use of hashing, and some that do still depend on older, easier-to-decode versions. However, according to Twitter, nobody knew about the log and there is no indication that any employee - or hacker - has ever accessed it.
"Due to a bug, passwords were written to an internal log before completing the hashing process", he said. These are used to confirm account credentials without revealing the actual password. "This is an industry standard", Agrawal said. In a statement, Twitter said it has discovered a bug that internally stored the passwords in an unprotected manner. The company says an internal investigation found no evidence any passwords were misused or stolen, but is still urging users to change their passwords.
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Since the best passwords should be hard to remember, consider using a password manager like 1Password or Lastpass.
The blog did not say how many passwords were affected.
The company wouldn't provide an exact number of the passwords that were stored without encryption in the log.
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Although there is no indication that Twitter's systems have been compromised, caution should always be exercised in situations like these.
Twitter recommends that all users reset their passwords on Twitter and on any services that use duplicate passwords. You would need to "Go to the password" section and change the password by inputting a new password. From there, tap the "Change password" option.
Remember that strong passwords should always be unique to each account and should be complicated enough to be considered truly secure.
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