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Twitter has added third-party two-factor authentication for the first time, in a move that will keep accounts much safer. Previously, if you wanted to double-lock your account Lock Down These Services Now With Two-Factor Authentication Lock Down These Services Now With Two-Factor Authentication Two-factor authentication is the smart way to protect your online accounts. Let's take a look at few of the services you can lock-down with better security. Read More , there were only two options: SMS-based two-factor authentication (2FA), or a one-time login code. But now, Twitter supports the use of handy third-party authenticator apps like Google Authenticator The 5 Best Alternatives To Google Authenticator The 5 Best Alternatives To Google Authenticator To improve the security of your online accounts, you'll need a good two-factor authentication app to generate the access codes. Think Google Authenticator is the only game in town? Here are five alternatives. Read More , or Authy.

When Did This Happen, How Do I Use It?

A simple password isn’t enough to protect an online account. The enormous number of data breaches illustrate how important it is to use 2FA where possible 5 Privacy Protecting Apps You Need to Use Right Now 5 Privacy Protecting Apps You Need to Use Right Now Privacy is an area of increasing concern in the internet age. You have to do whatever you can to stay secure. These five tool help to keep you secure and safe online. Read More . This, regardless of a personal or business account. Protecting your data and your identity is serious business.

Twitter’s 2FA was somewhat irritating, but it silently added support for authenticator apps, making the process that bit easier. Still, the addition is better late than never.

That said, Twitter hasn’t exactly made the option easy to find. Here is how you do it.

  • Install a two-factor authentication app, such as Google Authenticator or Authy. Setup a personal account.
  • Log in to Twitter. Head to Settings.
  • Under Security, check Verify login requests. You will need to add a phone to your Twitter account to enable this feature, if you haven’t done so already.
  • Next, select Setup a code generator app. Follow the onscreen instructions. Scan the barcode with your 2FA app.
  • You’ll now see a six-digit login code labelled Twitter. The next time you log in to Twitter, you’ll be prompted for this six-digit code.

You’re all set!

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A Long Time Coming?

Your Twitter account is now safe. Safer, at least. Of course, if you lose your phone and haven’t locked it, 2FA isn’t going to be much help. However, in the instance of a lost and unlocked phone, you can use the Android Device Manager to remotely lock Lock Your Android Device Remotely With The Android Device Manager Lock Your Android Device Remotely With The Android Device Manager The Android Device Manager was launched last month. Now in a recent update, Google has added remote lock and password reset features to further add to your peace of mind. Read More or wipe (or even just locate) your phone.

Are you happy Twitter finally supports third-party 2FA apps? Do you use Google Authenticator? How about Authy? Are there any excellent alternatives you can share with our readers? Let us know your thoughts below!

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  1. Gary
    April 18, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    I enabled and set this up using LastPass Authenticator. To test I logged out, cleared my browser and logged in and got the prompt to enter the 6 digit code. I still get the SMS sent but Twitter did accept the code generated from LastPass. How do you turn off SMS and just use an app?