Twitter users urged to change their passwords

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"We recently identified a bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log".

Parag said the bug has been fixed and an investigation showed there was no indication of breach or misuse by anyone.

To not make such mistakes again in the future, the company says, they are now implementing plans to secure the user's information including their passwords. The company did not say how many user accounts were exposed, but they did reassure that the leaked data was not misused in any way. Turning it on means even if someone does have your password, they can't access your accounts without a second piece of information, like a code texted to your phone.

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Twitter discovered the bug a few weeks ago and has reported it to some regulators, an insider told Reuters. According to Twitter, users should change their password on Twitter and on any other service where they have used the same password.

If you've been using Twitter regularly, the giant is now asking all of its users to change their passwords as soon as possible.

But many commenters took to Twitter to take issue with Agrawal's tweet, which was perhaps ill-worded, especially because criticism of social media companies' privacy and security practices appears to be at an all-time high.

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Shapshak says internet users should avoid using the same password on multiple platforms.

Users receive a warning message when logging in to Twitter.

Agrawal initially wrote on Twitter that "we are sharing this information to help people make an informed decision about their account security". To enable two factor authentication, you would need to go to Account Settings Security Login verification. And if you use the same password somewhere else, you should change that one, too, just to be safe.

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The company also said it is "very sorry this happened" and promised it is "committed to earning. trust every day". "However, it is advised to change your password, because no one is aware so far how long that logging had been in place".

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