Facebook, Instagram Users Advised to Reset Password

Ciara Alarcon
Facebook and Instagram users around the world are advised to change their passwords, as the social media giant revealed that some passwords had been stored within their internal data storage systems. And by "some," they meant millions.

Facebook, Instagram Users Advised to Reset Password
Facebook, Instagram Users Advised to Reset Password

Facebook’s VP Engineering, Security and Privacy, Pedro Canahuati, admitted that they found out that some passwords were being stored in a readable format. However, the company explained that they have already fixed the issue, and as a precaution, Facebook will notify users whose passwords were gathered.

With this, the platform estimated that hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, tens of millions of other Facebook users, and tens of thousands Instagram users will be notified.

Ooops, another Facebook drama!
Ooops, another Facebook drama!

Nevertheless, Facebook claimed that these passwords were never visible outside Facebook, and they have found no evidence to date that anyone internally abused or improperly accessed them.

Canahuati also said that their “login systems are designed to mask passwords using techniques that make them unreadable.”

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“In the course of our review, we have been looking at the ways we store certain other categories of information — like access tokens — and have fixed problems as we’ve discovered them. There is nothing more important to us than protecting people’s information, and we will continue making improvements as part of our ongoing security efforts at Facebook.”

What can you say? Share this to your friends, but first, change your password!

Source: Facebook

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