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Twitter Rolls Out New Two-Factor Authentication
Twitter (News - Alert) is adding a new level of security to the ever popular social media platform. Through a new update, users can deploy third-party authentication apps, leading to the receipt of two-factor login authentication for Twitter accounts.
Twitter made the announcement regarding the update in a tweet from @TwitterSafety: “We’re rolling out an update to login verification.” This was followed by the instructions as how to use the new tool and a link to the help page.
Now available is a third party app for two-factor authentication instead of SMS text messages. SMS-based verification techniques have typically been utilized as the two-factor authentication but lacked safety. Through the third-parties, verification tools such as Google (News - Alert) Authenticator, Authy, and Duo Mobile can be installed for login verification.
For the one-time verification, Twitter users no longer need to just enter their passwords. An additional login code is sent to the mobile device ensuring that a fraudulent user is not trying to access someone else’s Twitter account(s). Codes associated with Google Authenticator fade in just 30 seconds, alleviating the risk of it being on display for an extended period of time. It is also heavily suggested that an email address and phone number is confirmed with all Twitter accounts for safety and to verify user login.
Fraud detection and protection must be an ongoing effort – From your bank, to your SMS service provider. The new announcement from Twitter allows users to take extra precaution in fraud protection, and users should appreciate it.
Is your Twitter account safe?
Edited by Maurice Nagle