FTC urges Twitter users to change passwords

FTC urges Twitter users to change passwords
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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is urging Twitter users to change their passwords after the company announced last week that a bug had exposed all of its users’ passwords on an internal database.

Though Twitter said that it had not found any signs that the internal system had been breached, the FTC said in a blog post on Monday that users should still update their passwords out of an abundance of caution.

The agency also recommended that users not recycle passwords from other accounts and to create passwords that are complex, ideally consisting of “at least twelve characters, with upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.”

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Last week, Twitter also advised its 330 million users to change their passwords after announcing the bug that left all of their passwords “unmasked” to company employees.

“We found this error ourselves, removed the passwords, and are implementing plans to prevent this bug from happening again,” Twitter said.

“We are very sorry this happened,” the company added. “We recognize and appreciate the trust you place in us, and are committed to earning that trust every day.”

It’s unclear if the FTC is investigating the social media site for the mishap. An agency spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.