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, 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, 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. 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!
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 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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