Twitter recommends users to change passwords

Jack Dorsey

In a blog post released Thursday afternoon Twitter revealed a bug had been found on the company's internal servers that was unmasking passwords. An internal investigation "shows no indication of breach or misuse by anyone" and there's "no reason to believe password information ever left Twitter's systems or was misused by anyone", the social media firm said.

Twitter also recommended that users change their password to one that was unique to the site and to enable two-factor authentication via their account settings. "This is an industry standard", Agrawal noted.

He received some backlash from Twitter users after he tweeted that the company "didn't have to" tell users that their passwords had been stored in plain text in its system.

"We are very sorry this happened", said Twitter's chief technology officer, Parag Agrawal.

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"Since this is true, we are not forcing a password reset but are presenting the information for people to make an informed decision about their account", she added.

Somewhat ironically, the Twitter password issue was reported on what has been declared as World Password day. "We believe this is the right thing to do". There's no indication that there was a breach or that any of the passwords were misused.

After the recent disclose that Twitter sold data to Cambridge Analytica, Twitter already received severe criticism.

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These passwords are then stored in an encrypted "vault" and entered for you automatically so you don't have to remember them yourself.

While there is no requirement to change your password, you're strongly advised to head over to your account settings and pick a new one.

You might want to seriously consider changing your Twitter password today.

Now click "Account" and select "Set up login verification". Dictionary words are easily cracked, so it's a good idea to use a password manager and generator to create logins that use a combination of numbers, letters and other characters. With mobile, you can have them on you at all times and the ...

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