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Instagram Accidentally Exposed Some User Passwords

Security flaw discovered in Instagram's 'Download Your Data' tool - news Instagram security flaw exposed some users’ passwords
Cecil Davis | 19 November, 2018, 01:48

Now, Instagram itself has exposed the passwords of its users.

Instagram users were notified of a new security flaw that may have revealed their passwords to the public eye, raising concerns about the strength of the social networking service's security measures among security researchers, The Information reported on Friday. For some reason, these passwords were also stored on Facebook's servers, however the notification said that data has been deleted and the tool was updated so it won't happen now.

However, if these people were using a shared device or an insecure network, their account info was left wide open to being accessed by malicious parties. This time it's Instagram, which has disclosed that a "small number" of users' password were exposed as plaintext.

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A couple of months back, Facebook suffered a huge security breach that affected nearly 50 million accounts.

Instagram advises affected users to clear their browser history to prevent people from seeing the URL that included their password.

In April this year, Instagram launched a new tool that allowed users to download their personal data as part of their compliance with the European Union's new General Data Protection Regulation. Along with updating their passwords, Instagram users should follow these instructions to enable two-factor authentication.