Instagram recently notified some of its users with a security flaw which exposed some of its users’ passwords to public view, heightening security questions for the popular social media platform. Instagram informed its affected users that when they used the “Download Your Data” feature on the app, their passwords were unintentionally exposed by being included in the URL of their web browsers, wherein it was sent in plaintext. However, it was reiterated that once internally discovered, the bug was fixed to no longer display the passwords, and have notified its users to change their passwords and clear their browser’s history.
It was not long ago that Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, faced a major data breach, and with this recent mishap. Although only a small number of Instagram users were affected by this minor privacy exposure, it still raises significant concern about how Instagram is handling its users’ private information, especially as these passwords were stored on Facebook servers as well, which they claim have already been deleted.
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