Twitter, one of the largest social networks on the planet, is urging its users to change their passwords following a security-related bug that recently surfaced.
In an official announcement made on Thursday, Twitter confirmed that a bug had recently unmasked user passwords in an internal log. The social network uses specific technology to mask passwords of each user so that no one at the company can see them, but the bug apparently removed that mask, making the passwords visible for an unknown amount of time.
The good news is, according to Twitter, that an investigation led to the conclusion that there was “no indication of breach or misuse by anyone”. So, while Twitter is suggesting folks change their passwords, they are doing so just to cover all the bases and not because it believes an entity has accessed those passwords.
Here are a few steps the announcement covers:
- 1. Change your password on Twitter and on any other service where you may have used the same password.
- 2. Use a strong password that you don’t reuse on other websites.
- 3. Enable login verification, also known as two factor authentication. This is the single best action you can take to increase your account security.
- 4. Use a password manager to make sure you’re using strong, unique passwords everywhere.
Twitter says it is “very sorry” for the issue, but it appears it isn’t a widespread disaster like some past events have been.