Change your password now — Twitter to users

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"We didn't have to, but believe it's the right thing to do". It said that there was no evidence or indication that passwords had...

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So what actually happened to the passwords?

It meant some passwords were stored in plain text on its internal computer system.

The blog did not say how many passwords were affected.

According to Twitter's blog post, the breach occurred because of a flaw in Twitter's security system. Twitter found the bug, removed the passwords from the log, and are planning ways to prevent this from occurring in the future.

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'We recently found a bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log, ' Twitter support tweeted to its 5.77 million followers Thursday afternoon. After, just open the app and sign into any and all of your Twitter accounts. Twitter said no one outside or inside the company did that, which is good!

The San Francisco company says it masks, or encrypts, passwords by replacing them with a random set of numbers and letters.

A spokesperson from Twitter told Motherboard that this is not a breach, but rather an internal snafu that has resulted in no severe damage. While the company says none of the passwords were exposed or misused, it might be the ideal time to change your Twitter password due to the recent glitch.

Chief executive Jack Dorsey said recent changes made to the service have helped "engagement", a measure of how often people turn to the social network and how long they stay.

For an extra layer of protection, you can also enable login verification - also known as two-factor authentication. This is the single best action you can take to increase your account security.

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