Just as the dust of Cambridge Analytica and Facebook is gradually settling down, Twitter raised another one by advising its over 330 million users to consider changing their passwords. According to the social network, it discovered a glitch on its internal network that cannot be overlooked.
According to Twitter, after a quick investigation, the social network found out that there is no sign that any passwords were misused or stolen by insiders. However, pundits have raised suspicions that even if passwords were stolen, it is not likely that Twitter will say so except if someone proves it.
Despite their findings that no password was stolen, Twitter still advised its users to change their passwords to be on the safer side since security and safety are very important. Besides, the increased spate of fraud, impersonation, and identity theft all over the world gives serious cause for concern.
According to a reliable report, Twitter found the bug several weeks ago and it was reported to some regulators immediately. According to Jack Dorsey, the glitch was related to its use of hashing to mask passwords. As users enter their passwords, the system replaces them with letters and numbers. The bug made the system to copy passwords and store them on an internal computer even before the process of hashing ends.
In addition to changing of passwords, Twitter also advises that users should turn on two-factor authentication service to prevent hacking of their accounts. No one really knows how serious the issue is. However, you can avoid being a victim of hacking by applying the following tips.
You should limit the number of people at have access to your account. You should also use a strong password that contains both upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. You should use Twitters login verification. Finally, never enter your username and password on suspicious third party websites.