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Twitter crash exposes private tweets on Android; know what to do | Social networks

A flaw in the Twitter app for Android could have exposed the posts of thousands of private profile users. The problem occurred since November 3, 2014 and lasted until last Monday, the 14th, when corrected by the social network, as reported by the company on Thursday (17). The bug is related to changing some platform configuration, such as email address associated with the account. The option "Protect your tweets" was disabled and when saving changes the user also unlocked the posts. The iPhone (iOS) and web service versions on the PC were not affected.

Twitter has notified some users that were impacted by the failure. However, the social network recognized that it was not possible to identify all affected profiles. The recommendation is then to review the privacy settings to find out if they reflect your choices. To help with the task, the TechTudo has prepared a tutorial on how to verify that your tweets are protected and, if necessary, block the contents of your account. The procedure was performed on a Moto E4 with Android 7.1.1 Nougat, but the tips also apply to users of other devices with the Google system.

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Twitter had security breach and user data was exposed between 2014 and 2019 Photo: Marvin Costa / TechTudoTwitter had security breach and user data was exposed between 2014 and 2019 Photo: Marvin Costa / TechTudo

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How to protect your tweets

Step 1. Install the latest version of Twitter app to fix the bug check out how to update your phone apps. Then go to the Twitter settings. To do this, touch your profile photo in the upper left corner of the screen and open "Settings and privacy";

Access the Twitter settings Photo: Reproduction / Helito BeggioraAccess the Twitter settings Photo: Reproduction / Helito Beggiora

Access the Twitter settings Photo: Reproduction / Helito Beggiora

Step 2. Then go to "Privacy and Security" and finally make sure the "Protect Your Tweets" option is enabled. Otherwise, just enable the option to make sure only your followers can see the content you post.

Enable Twitter Post Protection Photo: Reproduction / Helito BeggioraEnable Twitter Post Protection Photo: Reproduction / Helito Beggiora

Enable Twitter Post Protection Photo: Reproduction / Helito Beggiora

Ready. Enjoy the tips and protect your tweets from strangers.

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