How to change your Twitter password

Concerned about the latest security snafu? Change your password, just to be on the safe side.

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Twitter is advising all users to change their passwords following a glitch.

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Earlier today, Twitter advised all users to change their passwords.

Another database breach? Not quite: This is in response to a glitch that left passwords exposed in an internal Twitter log. Although the company says it fixed the bug and found no indication the passwords were taken, the recommendation remains: change your password.

Thankfully, it's an easy process. In fact, you can do it right from the mobile app if that's where you do most of your tweeting.


Twitter password changes are quick and easy in the mobile app.

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In both the Android and iOS versions of Twitter, tap your profile picture (upper-left corner), then tap Settings and privacy > Account.

If you're an Android user, next tap Password; on iOS, it's Change password.

Enter the old password, then the new one, then confirm the change.

The process is virtually identical if you're working in a browser: Click your profile, then Settings and privacy > Password.

Note that if you have two-factor authentication turned on for your account, you won't be able to sign back in until you've completed both steps (namely, entering the new password and verifying your identity via phone).

Given how quickly you can do this... better safe than sorry?