Latest Instagram Bug Exposed Passwords of Some of its Users

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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.

Instagram reiterated that the bug had only affected "a very small number of people", and once it had been internally discovered the bug was fixed to no longer display passwords. Every company from the likes of Facebook, to Yahoo and more have suffered security breaches, and the latest to join the club is photo sharing platform Instagram.

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.

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Ironically, the privacy-related tool has accidentally revealed the passwords of some Instagram users. Now, Instagram itself has exposed the passwords of its users.

Users were told on Thursday their passwords were inadvertently exposed by being included in the URL of their web browsers, according to the notice that was sent to users.

Anyone whose account was affected is said to have already received an email about the issue from Instagram. However it is advised that all Instagram users change their passwords and also opt for two-factor authentication for stronger security.

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