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After Last Month’s Security Breach, Social Media Scheduling Service Buffer Adds 2-Step Login

on November 26, 2013


Buffer, the social media scheduling service, experienced a potentially brand-damaging security breach last month that saw a slew of weight-loss spam posted to Twitter and Facebook on behalf of its users. And although it turned out to be the company’s database provider, MongoHQ, that was the origin of the compromise, Buffer, by its own admission, was squarely to blame as it hadn’t encrypted access tokens for the social media services it supports. Today the startup is announcing a host of new security measures, including encrypting user email addresses and access tokens, and 2-step login, in a bid to restore confidence in its wares.

“With all that trust given to us, despite the big mess, we wanted to really step up our game in terms of safety and security,” writes the company on its blog. “For the past few weeks, we have been focusing on making Buffer the…

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