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Over 55,000 Twitter passwords exposed, posted online

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Regardless of whether your account was compromised, now may be a good time to change your password

If you're on the social networking site Twitter, now may be a very good time to log in and change your password. It was announced yesterday that tens of thousands of Twitter usernames and passwords were leaked and posted publicly on the internet.

Twitter has launched an investigation into the security breach. "We are currently looking into the situation," explained Twitter spokesman Robert Weeks. "In the meantime, we have pushed out password resets to accounts that may have been affected."

A number of the leaked passwords belong to spam accounts, and it appears some of the accounts may be duplicates. Surprisingly, many of the passwords which were hacked are considered to be "strong" — seemingly random strings of numerals, upper case, and lower case letters. It is unknown how the passwords were discovered, just that that the data first appeared online on Monday.

It's not known whether the list of 55,000 passwords are indeed the only Twitter passwords that were stolen, so if you're concerned about your own account's security, Twitter (and Tecca!) recommends you change your password to restore peace of mind. Read up on how to make your password as strong and safe as possible (or watch our video guide).

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This article was written by Fox Van Allen and originally appeared on Tecca

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