The popular social media photo sharing app Instagram has recently patched a bug in their website that accidentally exposed some of their users’ passwords in plaintext. The bug resides in the new “Download Your Data” feature. This new feature allows the user to download a copy of all the data they have shared with the site, including comments, posts, photos, and other information. To ensure safety when downloading the data, Instagram asks the user to reconfirm their password before downloading the data. For some users that utilized the feature, their password was included in the URL and stored on Facebook’s servers. The data on Facebook servers was deleted and an update has been released to address the bug. Very few users were affected by the bug and Instagram has informed those affected.
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