If you are one of those avid Twitter users who does scroll a thousand times a day to tweet blogs and share conversations, you must want to get this update of the Twitter app on your phone as soon as possible. As per the recent confirmation by Twitter, the update is only limited to Android users for now.
Twitter App Vulnerability
In its recent blog on Friday, Twitter confirmed vulnerability for Android that could allow a bad actor to see your personal account information or to control your account (i.e., send Tweets or Direct Messages). The company doesn’t have evidence that malicious code was inserted into the app or the vulnerability was exploited, but it’s better to take extra caution.
Whom This Security Issue Will Affect?
One of the most popular social media platforms in the world, where users share not only their daily lives with fellow Twitter users but also put essential data about themselves with the platform itself. This probable vulnerability or serious security breach could impact millions of accounts. Therefore, Twitter has sent out an email to the users to update the app to secure its Android app and fix the vulnerability with the patch.
If you are unsure about what to do, update to the latest version of Twitter for Android. This issue did not impact Twitter for iOS.
Twitter said in a statement – “Prior to the fix, through a complicated process involving the insertion of malicious code into restricted storage areas of the Twitter app, it may have been possible for a bad actor to access information (Direct Messages, protected Tweets, location information) from the app.”
A tweet from the Twitter Support revealed that “the issue was patched for Android version 7.93.4 (November 4 for KitKat) and version 8.18 (October 21 for Lollipop and newer).
“Twitter for Android is no longer supported on Android OS versions older than KitKat,” the tweet said.
With Android, being used in the larger ecosystem and increasing data breach incidents there’s only one thing we can do to ensure mitigation is to keep installed apps up to date.
In case you are not satisfied, reach out to the company Office of Data Protection through this form to request information regarding your account security.
The latest news of probable security breach Twitter’s Android version, has left a lot of the users in shock. They all might have been notified via an email to update the app to its latest version but the question they ask is, why this is happening with almost each and every app they use for socializing themselves via these apps?
We Are Listening
Is this an indication not to use these apps anymore as it’s going to hit the users back? Or since the companies aren’t able to keep our info safe, should we go ahead and create fake accounts by giving false info? Because something is definitely wrong here that these giants aren’t able to figure out and finally the price will have to be paid by the user only.
Share your opinions below what do you think about these probable security breach or system vulnerability. Don’t forget to share this info with your Android user friends as it might save them from a big loss of data.