The password of Twitter at risk due to a bug related to the internal log system. The social network of chirps asks all users to change it immediately
Your Twitter password is at risk due to a bug. This is the news given by the chirping platform, which has immediately apprehended over 300 million users and investors on Wall Street. The social network has decided, from the first moment, to make known to the whole world the problem concerning an internal log, in which all passwords of users in clear text would be stored. So you do not have to find out how to protect your Twitter password and what steps you need to take to increase the security level of your account.
Anyone with a Twitter account must immediately change their password. This is the announcement given by the social network in the official blog and that theoretically involves over 336 million users worldwide.
TWITTER PASSWORD REVEALED BY A BUG
The problem regarding Twitter’s password is due to the internal log system that would have filed all the passwords of users logged in clear text. If on one side the platform is programmed to hide passwords through a hashing process, on the other hand, the log file would collect user passwords allowing potential cybercriminals to steal them.
Twitter pointed out how the bug has already been solved and that there is no evidence that the revealed passwords are stolen or used illegally. However, the password change for all users is an important security measure that is automatically requested.
In addition, Twitter’s Chief Technology Officer, Parag Agrawal, also suggests activating two-factor authentication for a higher level of security and not using easy-to-guess passwords.
CHANGE TWITTER PASSWORD
To change the Twitter password on the website you need to click on your profile picture, at the top right, and select Settings and privacy. Select the item Password at the bottom left. Twitter will ask you to enter your current password and enter a new one twice. Obviously, our suggestion is to use strong and unique passwords, that is, not to repeat them among multiple services, apps and online accounts.
If you are using the Twitter app, click on the profile image at the top left. Select Settings and privacy -> Account and Change Password.
TWITTER TWO-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION: HOW TO ACTIVATE
To activate Twitter two-factor authentication via SMS you need to make some additional steps. Log in to your account and then click on the image at the top right. In the drop-down menu select the Settings and privacy item.
In the Security section, press the Configure access verification button. A small window will open in which the operation of two-factor authentication via SMS is described. Press the Start button.
You will be asked to enter your password and then confirm the phone number by pressing Send code. After entering the code and completing the activation of two-factor authentication, you can also get backup codes. The latter is useful in case you do not have the smartphone handy.