As Twitter has just informed all 330,000,000 of its users in an apologetic but so far underreported post, you should really change your Twitter password right now, this very second.
Not to be alarmist — but out of an abundance of precaution.
Evidently, a bug that stored passwords in an internal log ended up revealing them briefly in plain text. That means instead of seeing a masked password like this ************, someone at the company conceivably could have seen that your password is PASSWORD123 (which would be a terrible password, by the way).
While the bug is fixed, and they claim there has been no evidence breach or misuse, I say, better safe than sorry.
While you log onto Twitter, you should :
–change your password
-check to see which third-party apps have access to your account
-review your login verification methods.
-make sure you turn on two-factor authentication, A.K.A. login verification, so no one can log into your account without your phone, too.
Now here’s the crappy part:
Not only should you change your password, but if you use this password on other services or apps too, you should change those too.
I know, it’s a hassle. That’s why I can’t recommend an app like 1Password enough. In fact, I recommend it all the time, and I wish they paid me for it because since using it, I’ve become a full-fledged evangelist.
It’s a good way to create strong, unique passwords like PO9&Ee9*_B7*fpai1H — and to have a place that they’re safely stored. The service will even autofill them when you log in, so that you’re not typing PO9&Ee9*_B7*fpai1H every time you want to check your Facebook feed.
Or, God forbid, trying to memorize that one.
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