Twitter: Change your password after glitch discovery

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(WAND) – Twitter says people might want to consider changing passwords after it discovered a system glitch.

The company says a recently discovered bug shows passwords were kept “unmasked” in a Twitter internal log. The social media site uses a system called “bcrypt” to hide real passwords in its storage, but the company says it recently realized those passwords were placed in an internal log before the encryption could happen.

“We found this error ourselves, removed the passwords and are implementing plans to prevent this bug from happening again,” Twitter said in a press release.

The company is stressing that it does not believe a data breach or misuse happened, but it’s still asking people to change passwords “out of an abundance of caution”. Click this link to see Twitter’s password settings page.

Twitter advises users to change Twitter passwords, then replace passwords on sites where they might have used the same one. It says strong, unique passwords are the best option for internet safety. Login verification is another step Twitter recommends.

“We are very sorry this happened,” the release adds. “We recognize and appreciate the trust you place in us, and we are committed to earning that trust every day.”

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