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Google saved some users' passwords in plain text for years



  Google inadvertently saved company passwords in plain text.
Inadvertently, Google saved your company's passwords in plain text.

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Google has revealed that it had left some business user passwords in plain text.

In a blog post Tuesday, tech giant said it had discovered the problem in Google's popular product product, G Suite, back in January.

When stored in a system, passwords are cryptographic hashed – scrambled into a random array of numbers – making it impossible to try to guess what it is.

The error that had existed since 2005 stored an eerie, plain text copy of the password in the G Suite's administration console. The console had allowed administrators to reset a password to a user if they forgot it, but Google said the feature no longer exists.

"This practice did not live up to our standards," Suzanne Frey, Google's VP of Engineering, Cloud Trust, said in the blog post.

"To be clear, these passwords remained in our secure encrypted infrastructure. This problem has been fixed, and we have seen no sign of improper access to or abuse of the affected passwords."

Google did not disclose how many users were affected by the error, but the problem only affects users of G Suite and does not affect people using Google's free consumer accounts.

The company has said it has contacted G Suite administrators to change the affected passwords and has reset passwords for those users who have not already done so.

Although Google's security issue may fall in comparison, it comes after millions of passwords were discovered stored in plain text by Faceboo k back in March.

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