As the social media world continues to debate the issue of online privacy, one company has now considered it important to add a feature to calm anxious users. Twitter is working on a secret conversation feature that will allow you to send encrypted direct messages to your followers.
TechCrunch reports that the new feature is buried somewhere inside the Twitter for Android APK, and was first spotted by Jane Manchun Wong. The feature has not yet been launched, and a Twitter spokesperson declined to comment on the story. However, it is evident from the feature that Twitter takes the issue of privacy of its users very seriously.
For now, Twitter’s Direct Message [DM] is the only reliable way to have a private conversation with another user on the platform. The secret conversation feature can however, change everything if it eventually gets the green light. The fear, however, is that the DM still has a couple of loopholes that can be explored by hackers and government security agencies to monitor or invade your privacy.
Despite offering end-to-end encryption as a feature, millions of users on WhatsApp still express privacy fears concerns as they chat with their contacts on the messaging app.
It is still early days with nothing confirmed yet, but encrypted DM could sway users back to Twitter and reposition it as a platform where people can freely exchange private information without fear.
A couple of days ago, Twitter admitted that it had made a mistake by exposing the passwords of millions of users’ accounts in plain texts. The microblogging company subsequently advised users to consider changing their password. Twitter said a bug had “stored passwords unmasked in an internal log”
When you set a password for your Twitter account, we use technology that masks it so no one at the company can see it. We recently identified a bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log. We have fixed the bug, and our investigation shows no indication of breach or misuse by anyone.
Out of an abundance of caution, we ask that you consider changing your password on all services where you’ve used this password. You can change your Twitter password anytime by going to the password settings page.
Currently there are no evidences pointing to breach or misuse of the leaked information, but Twitter has advised users to consider changing their password. The company followed the advice given in a blog post last week with an email sent to millions of its users. That is not all though, strongly recommends that you change your password on all services where the same password has been used.
In addition to changing your password, you can also enable Twitter’s two factor authentication. This is the single best action you can take to increase your account security.