(KNWA) — A new warning for hundreds of millions of people whose passwords may be at risk.
This time it’s Twitter coming forward, saying a computer bug is to blame, and people should change their passwords right now.
It’s one of those pop ups you might not read very carefully, but you should.
Anyone logging on to twitter, from President Trump to Chrissy Teigen, will now see a message asking people to change their passwords.
The company quote, “identified a bug that stored passwords in an unmasked internal log.”
In layman’s terms, Twitter uses a process called “hashing” to protect user passwords by replacing them with a mix of random letters and numbers.
A bug in that system accidentally stored full usernames and passwords on a very simple but dangerous internal list, leaving hundreds of millions of passwords exposed.
The list wasn’t leaked and hasn’t been stolen, but Twitter says a bug created the list which should have never happened.
Twitter’s Chief Technology Officer adding, “we are sharing this information to help people make an informed decision about their account security. We didn’t have to, but believe it’s the right thing to do.”
For millions of Twitter users, changing one password will probably mean having to change others too
“I kind of like use the same passwords for everything, so I think that’s a problem,” Subira Mayo said.
She’s not alone. It’s unsafe, but not uncommon for the same password to be used across accounts.
That includes accounts you might not even remember having.
Experts say one way to protect yourself is to use a trusted password manager that generates unique passwords for all your accounts, then automatically unlocks them for you once you put in the only password you have to remember.