Twitter users urged to change passwords after bug stored passwords unmasked

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Twitter didn't say how many users' passwords may have been stored in clear text. There's no indication that anyone's passwords have been stolen or misused, but in the interest of safety, Twitter is recommending everyone change their passwords.

As ever, it's a good idea to not only change your password, but also to enable two-factor authentication on your account.

Twitter discovered the bug a few weeks ago and has reported it to some regulators, said the person, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

But due to the bug, passwords were written to an internal log before the hashtag process was completed - leaving them exposed.

Twitter did not specify how many passwords were stored there.

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According to Twitter, the computer bug that affected their internal computer system was found and corrected, but that still means more than 300 million people could have had their Twitter login compromised.

In a statement, the company said, "We are very sorry this happened". When setting a password on your Twitter account, the platform uses technology that masks it so that no one else at the company can see it. "We recognise and appreciate the trust you place in us, and are committed to earning that trust every day". This is an industry standard.

To change your Twitter password tap on your profile picture on the Twitter website or mobile app.

Now, hop into your Twitter account and make sure you're looking at the main feed.

You can consider using a password manager to ensure you are using strong, unique passwords everywhere.