An anonymous hacker uploaded 125 GB of data from the video streaming platform Twitch, suggesting that there is still more data to publish. Twitch is conducting an ongoing investigation into the data breach, but in an update to the situation it has informed users that all flow keys have been reset. “out of caution.”
The platform also wanted to reassure users that full credit card details have not been exposed and that at the moment there is no indication that the login credentials have been exposed, however, their investigation continues. Now is the right time to strengthen your security measures on your account if you have not already done so.
Change your Twitch password
When creating a new password, you’ll need to remember that it must meet Twitch’s password strength requirements. The password must be a minimum of eight characters and can include a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols. You can also use spaces to create a more memorable expression like a password with several words. But your password must be unique to your Twitch account.
Steps to reset your Twitch password:
- Log into your Twitch account
- Click on your profile icon (upper right corner)
- Click on the “Settings” tab
- Click on the “security and confidentiality” tab
- Find the “security” options
- In the password box, click on “change password”
- You will be asked to enter your old password, then enter your new password and confirm it.
If you’re concerned that your account has been hacked, Twitch offers recommendations for additional measures to be taken to ensure the security of your personal information and protect the applications linked to your account.
For extra protection, you should take the time to configure two-factor authentication.
Configure two-factor authentication
Adding an extra layer of security is highly recommended so that even if someone gains access to your login information, they will have difficulty accessing your Twitch account. With two-factor authentication (2FA), you can have your smartphone provide a second “key” to open your Twitch account on a new device.
Steps to set up two-factor authentication on your Twitch account:
- If you are still in the “security and privacy” settings for your account, go to step 2 below, otherwise follow steps 1 to 5 to reset your password, then continue.
- Click on the purple tab “Configure two-factor authentication”
- Click on the “Activate 2FA” tab
- Enter your phone number (you may need to enter your password)
- You will receive a seven-digit code by SMS on your phone
- Enter the code into Twitch and you’re set up
Once you have configured two-factor authentication, you can choose to receive an SMS when you need to authenticate your account or you can download an authenticator app on your smartphone. Be aware that when you enable two-factor authentication, Twitch will sign you out of all your other currently connected devices.