Twitter Forces Users to Change their Current Password After a Management Error

Written by Hassan Abbas

The privacy of our data is day by day under the magnifying glass. We do not know what companies do with them and what is perhaps more important, we do not know how protected they are against greedy looks that want to take them (with the approval or without the same by the companies that guard them).

The Cambridge Analytica scandal has been this year’s bomb. How secure are our data? It seems that not so much how we expected, or at least we can think if we look at the statement issued by Twitter on your blog and the email that is reaching users.


And is that Twitter has announced on his blog and are communicating via mail that has had a slight mishap with the security of our accounts. The reason is that they have discovered an error that saved the passwords not hidden in an internal registry:

“We hide the passwords through a hash process that uses a function known as bcrypt, whereby the real password is replaced by a random set of numbers and letters that are saved in the Twitter system. This allows our systems to validate the credentials of your account without revealing your password. This is an industry standard.

Due to an error, the passwords were written to an internal registry before the hash process was completed. We discovered this error ourselves, we eliminated the passwords and began to implement plans to prevent this error from happening again.”

Apparently, there are no people or at least, most of the users are safe from having their access passwords exposed, although in case they recommend changing all the passwords to our Twitter accounts:

“We have corrected the error and our investigation shows that no person violated the rules or misused the information.”

“For greater security, we recommend that you change your password in all the services you used it in. You can change your Twitter password at any time by going to the password settings page.”

It is therefore advisable to change our password and also those of other accounts that use the same one that we have posted on Twitter. In fact, they recommend users to use a password manager and enable two-step verification as much as possible.

  • Change your password on Twitter and any other service where you have been able to use it.
  • Use a secure password that you do not use again in other services.
  • Enables login verification, also known as two-factor authentication. This is the best measure you can take to increase the security of your account.
  • Use a password manager to make sure you use strong and unique passwords for all services.

Via: Twitter

About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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