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Twitter Advises You to Change Your Password

I stopped using my Twitter over a year ago and I’m completely unaware of what my password is but according to Twitter on May 3rd they advised all 300 million users to change their passwords. The reasons being a bug that caused all passwords to be stored in an unencrypted way for an unknown amount of time. For the time being, no one has had access to anyone’s passwords. Twitter is only urging you to change your password if you deem it necessary. I’m going to attempt to explain what happened but probably mess it up because I am in no way understand technology. I surprised myself by recording, editing, and uploading my podcast for my semester podcast. So according to Twitter if your password is Password 123 it will the Password 88cah33eakd. The process is called hashing which is when Twitter sees the second version it is referred to as hashed. Basically, if someone hacked Twitters database they could steal anyone’s account by copying and pasting their password. Twitter only cautioned people to change their password, use a strong password, enable login verification, and use a password manager.

As someone who doesn’t use Twitter anymore, I’m not really phased by this. Although I am a little concerned with the idea that this could happen on other social media sites. I tend to use the same password for everything and the password isn’t complicated. If someone were to figure it out I would for a lack of a better word be screwed. I’m not considering changing all my passwords as a precaution.

2 comments

  1. That’s one thing that I’ve learned to be super good about. I change my passwords all the time, and I don’t have the same password for anything. I have this app on my phone that holds all of my passwords, and the only way to get into the passwords is through my finger print. I think passwords are something that everyone needs to be very careful with because people can steal them, event those you trust the most can be the sketchiest.

  2. This is my first time hearing about the bug, so if something goes wrong with my password I take some of the blame. But this is interesting! I tend to create passwords and never give them much thought, and also use similar variations of the same one throughout multiple sites. Like you, I would be out of luck if something happened. This is just a reminder for me to be more conscious about my information.

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