Twitter wants you to change your password ASAP, here's why

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While Twitter claims it is confident that no user password information left their system or was misused, it is still recommending that all users change their Twitter password.

The company released a statement on their website explaining the typical password-masking process, called hashing, in which the actual password a user types in is replaced with random letters and numbers when stored by Twitter.

We fixed the bug and have no indication of a breach or misuse by anyone.

Still on Twitter? If you are, you may want to change your password because there may be a security breach. 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.

A major bug in Twitter's hashing process has exposed the password of over 330 million of its users. "This is an industry standard".

As a result, Agrawal assures the general public that he and his team "found this error ourselves, removed the passwords, and are implementing plans to prevent this bug from happening again".

All three experts urged users to act on Twitter's advice and change their password. Both services have confirmed that usernames and passwords were saved unmasked in plain text in internal logs.

Despite Twitter's bold assurances, it is hard to ignore past occasions when large amounts of Twitter passwords have appeared for sale. You should change the password to a new, entirely unique password that is not related to cheese.

Other than just changing your password, there are a few additional steps that can be taken just to be secure.

Use two-factor verification, or 2fa, a procedure that needs you get an additional one-time-only code through a text message or an app on your phone every time you log in. Doing so will vastly increase the security of those accounts.

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