13 February 2019
Twitter has started to request all of its 330 million users to change their passwords in an attempt to make sure that their accounts remain safe. It started to alert all users about the same via email as well as from within the app after discovering a bug which exposed all passwords in plain text in an internal system.
The bug is said to have been fixed with no known instances of any breach or misuses with any of the Twitter accounts. The decision to urge users to change passwords is said to be a precautionary safety measure. It is further asking to change the password on all other services where they might have been using the same password to avoid any other safety issues.
Talking about what caused the issue, Twitter said that it makes use of hashing process to store passwords in its database. Hashing basically means storing passwords in the form of randomly generated alphabets and numbers combination which makes it almost impossible for any human to figure out the actual password. But because of the bug, all passwords were stored in plain text form in an internal log before the start of the hashing process.
It should be noted that Twitter has not shared any information regarding when exactly the bug was discovered. It is also unknown for how long the bug was there before it was fixed. Either way, it is advisable to change your password for the account safety. Twitter has further shared some information regarding how to keep your account safe in the future. It includes setting up a two-factor authentication which you can learn about by clicking the source link below.