Tumblr Asks Apple Users to Change All Their Passwords
Published on: 17th Jul 2013
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Social media website Tumblr has asked all its Apple users to download an urgent security patch for its iPhone and iPad apps and change their passwords.
More seriously, in a short blog post, they also suggested that anyone who has used their mobile apps also changes the passwords on any other services they might have used where the same password is shared.
As most people tend to use the same password across a wide range of services, for affected customers, that is potentially a lot of password updates that need to be carried out.
Tumblr, which is now owned by Yahoo did not go into details of the security breach, but indicated that it might have been possible for the users passwords to be sent in an unencyrpted format from some versions of the mobile apps.
That would have allowed any hackers listening into communications to see the password in plain text.
In the statement, the company said that "we take your security very seriously and are tremendously sorry for this lapse and inconvenience."
You can download the update from the iTunes store.