Twitter announced last Thursday (3) a security flaw that requires immediate password exchange by all users of the platform. According to the microblog, a set of passwords was discovered in the servers in plain text, exposed to possible attacks by hackers. So far, there is no indication of leakage of information. Still, the company recommends changing the login data as soon as possible.
In an official blog post, Twitter explains that an error in the hashing mechanism allowed multiple passwords to be written in an insecure location. The company says it has removed the data from the servers as soon as it discovered the bug. However, there is still a remote possibility that the information may have been leaked.
25 little-known Twitter functions
By logging onto the platform, Twitter warns users of the bug and recommends changing account password
"We are very sorry that this happened. We recognize and value the trust placed in us and we are committed to earning it every day, "Twitter's chief technology officer Parag Agrawal apologized in a statement.
Twitter guarantees that there is no indication that passwords have been stolen, but recommends enabling 2-step login to prevent unauthorized access. In addition, you need to change your password as soon as possible, both on the microblog and on other websites where the same code was used. The company did not disclose the number of accounts hit.
Twitter: see curiosities about social networks
How to change your Twitter password on your PC
Step 1. Click on your profile photo in the upper right corner of the screen and select the "Settings and Privacy" option.
Access Twitter settings on the web
Step 2. In the "Password" side menu, enter the current password in the first field and set a new code in the following fields. Confirm the action on the blue "Save Changes" button.
Change your Twitter password
How to change your Twitter password on your phone
Step 1. Tap your profile photo in the upper left corner of the screen and select the "Settings and Privacy" menu.
Access the Twitter settings menu on your mobile phone
Step 2. Access the "Account" option and touch "Password" (if your phone has the Android operating system) or "Change password" (if you have an iPhone with iOS).
Access the Twitter password option for Android or iPhone
Step 3. Enter the current password in the first field. In the following two fields, type the new access combination twice. Touch "Change Password" to see the confirmation message on the screen.
Change Twitter's mobile password
It is important to set strong passwords on services like Twitter. An alternative is to use password management platforms for the task, such as LastPass.
Problems to confirm phone number on Twitter; how to solve? Ask your questions in the Forum.