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Twitter to 336 million users: We messed up, change your password

Twitter didn't protect passwords, leaving you vulnerable if you don't change it.

If you've got a Twitter account, you should consider changing your password. 

That's the advice the social media site gave to its 336 million users on Thursday, saying every user's password was kept unprotected, leaving them vulnerable to a potential breach. 

"We recently found a bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log," Twitter tweeted. "We fixed the bug and have no indication of a breach or misuse by anyone. As a precaution, consider changing your password on all services where you’ve used this password."

So if your bank account password is the same as your Twitter password, you should consider changing your bank account password, too. 

You should get a notification like the one below when you open your Twitter app on your mobile device. 

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Twitter's Chief Technology Officer, Parag Agrawai, later sent out rather brash tweet saying they "didn’t have to" tell users about the password snafu, "but believe it’s the right thing to do."

It's a major pain in the butt, but it's better to be safe than sorry. 

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