On Thursday, Twitter said that a bug was found that unmasked its encrypted passwords in an internal log, and that it suggested its more than 330 million users reset their passwords.
The CTO of the company Parag Agrawal said that it recently found the bug that had stored the passwords, unmasked in one of its internal logs.
The bug was fixed and the internal investigation showed that there was no indication of any breach or of misuse by anyone.
Agrawal’s words were echoed by CEO Jack Dorsey who said through a tweet that the company has the belief that it is important for it to be open about its internal defect.
The company, based in San Francisco, advised its more than 336 million users that they should change passwords on their accounts and any other service where the same password is being used.
It is not clear that this time the number of passwords that were listed on that internal log. One belongs to the user who is the highest-profile of all President Donald Trump.
In 2017, Trump’s account on Twitter was deactivated by an independent contractor for 11 minutes.
The company has notified users to make changes to their passwords when they open Twitter’s app or website.
To make a change to your password on Twitter you only need to click on the picture of your profile and the “settings and privacy” from the list that drops down. Then go to password tab on the left hand part of the page.
If you change it on a mobile handset you need to click the “settings and privacy” tab and then go to account followed by change password.
The “forgot password” is another option to change the password and click that then follow the steps from that point.
The advancements in technology have created a mobile world that can communicate, work and take care of business at the click of a mouse, a tap of a figure, swipe of a device or a user’s voice. However with those advancements come problems.
One of the biggest problems is hacking that steals personal data and other information that is then sold on the dark side of the Internet. Protecting yourself against that should be a top priority for all online users.