In recent news, Twitter has officially announced and notified all users to quickly change Twitter password after discovering a bug in their internal system. So, it is very important if you have a Twitter account, you should immediately take action to change Twitter password right now.
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Official announcement about the glitch
At Twitter’s official blog, they mention about the glitch.
We mask passwords through a process called hashing using a function known as bcrypt, which replaces the actual password with a random set of numbers and letters that are stored in Twitter’s system. This allows our systems to validate your account credentials without revealing your password. This is an industry standard.
Due to a bug, passwords were written to an internal log before completing the hashing process. We found this error ourselves, removed the passwords, and are implementing plans to prevent this bug from happening again.
As clearly stated, that user raw password is never stored and is hashing with most secured hashing algorithm bcrypt, so users don’t need to worry about it much.
But, passwords are written to a log file while processing, this is like…eh oh.
Anyway, it’s lucky that Twitter has found it and fixed it. They also confirmed that they don’t see any breach into the system.
Can’t say that everything is okay, but for the moment, Twitter users are safe.
The best advise for Twitter users is to change Twitter password right now.
If you have a Twitter account, you should take the action immediately.
Don’t know how to do it? Read the below section, I will show you several ways to change Twitter password.
Change Twitter password guides
There are several ways to do this, you can choose to do one of the following methods to change your Twitter password.
1. Update password in Settings page
You can change your account password by accessing Settings -> Password page.
At the time of this post, after login, you can also see a notification dialog showing up to tell you to change your password.
Just click on the Go to Settings button to access to the change password page directly.
2. Reset password using forgot password method.
If you don’t want to login to Twitter account to change password, you can just reset new password with forgot password page at https://twitter.com/account/begin_password_reset
You can type in either email, phone number or Twitter username to search for account.
And then follow the next steps on the page to reset your account password.
Commonly, it will have email verification for reset password. If you choose this option, Twitter will send a link into registered Twitter account email, you need to open mailbox and click on the reset password link to update new password for your account.
Beside updating password for this Twitter glitch, please also consider to change any other accounts you have such as Instagram, Facebook, Gmail, …
It is a good practice to change account password regularly to avoid security issues.