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Instagram bug inadvertently exposed some users' passwords

Katie Ramirez | 18 November, 2018, 09:39

Instagram said the problem affected "a very small number of people", according to the Information.

The security flaw lies in the "Download Your Data" tool, which was devised to comply with the EU GDPR regulations. Instagram reportedly told its users on Thursday that the platform's "Download Your Data" tool put their passwords at risk by including them in the URLs of their browsers.

It remains a mystery why Instagram would store passwords in plain text, which is considered bad practice - like, really bad practice.

Instagram has informed all users whose information was exposed by this bug.

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Some Twitter users said that heading to Settings in the app, forcing a stop, and clearing the cache and data seemed to fix the issue.

The tool has since been updated so the problem should no longer occur, and Instagram is deleting any logged passwords. If you are not notified about this glitch, then your account details aren't compromised.

While Facebook is creating a negative impact, the users are still loving Instagram. The company recently introduced the "Your Activity" dashboard to tackle the users spending more and more time on their app. Even Google also introduced a similar feature called "Digital Wellbeing" to maintain phone-life balance.

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