New Instagram bug raises security questions

Alonzo Simpson
November 19, 2018

According to a report on The Information, Facebook-owned Instagram has a flaw in "Download Your Data" tool, which inadvertently exposed passwords of some users. As the name suggests, it allows users to download all of the information that Instagram has on them.

This means that if anyone used the Instagram tool on a computer open to use by the public, others could have viewed the password, The Information reveals. The company also said that the passwords stored on Facebook's servers have also been deleted since the issue came into notice.

Instagram has publicly addressed the issue, stating that only a small amount of users were affected and that the issue has been fixed so it won't happen again.

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Instagram advises affected users to clear their browser history to prevent people from seeing the URL that included their password. Along with updating their passwords, Instagram users should follow these instructions to enable two-factor authentication.

Instagram's security bug was interestingly stored in a privacy feature it rolled out earlier this April in compliance with the EU's GDPR law.

The problem with the tool was that user passwords were exposed by the URL of the webpage tied to the tool. Users will be able to download information like photos, videos, comments, and more.

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