As a precaution, Twitter is urging more than 330 million users to change their password after a glitch left log-in details exposed in the company’s internal computer system.
When you set a password for your account, Twitter uses technology that masks it, so no one can see your password.
The company recently identified a bug that stored unmasked passwords in an internal log. Twitter found this error itself, removed the passwords and is now looking at how it can prevent this from happening again.
Twitter has also advised it has fixed the bug, and has no reason to believe the passwords left Twitter’s systems or were misused by anyone.
Does it affect me?
If you have an account we recommend you also change your password on that account. On all accounts where you’ve used the same password. You can change your password anytime by going to the password settings page.
How do I stay safe?
There are a few simple steps you can take to help keep your account safe for example:
- Change your password on Twitter and on any other accounts where you may have used the same password.
- Use a strong password and don’t reuse the same password on other websites.
- Use two-factor authentication so your account is protected by a second layer of security.
- A password manager to keep stock of all your passwords and login details.
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