Twitter beefed up its security and brought in a slight layout change that gives more eye-space to what matters – your tweets. Let’s talk about them one at a time.
Your Twitter account gets some extra security padding with a system that identifies any suspicious log in attempts. Working in the background, it will check location, device being used and login history and if there is anything unusual, it will flag it as suspicious behavior. You will be asked to verify your account with some secret information. An email alert is sent out so that you can take appropriate action (like resetting your password) to protect your account.
Twitter has also redesigned the password reset process when you forget your password. You can choose the email address or phone number associated with your account for getting the reset information.The choice between the two allows you to pick the device you can use to start the reset process.
This is helpful if you are traveling with limited access or you have an old email associated with your account that you may not be using anymore. But it’s also important to keep these bits of information updated to avoid frustrations. The reset process has also been streamlined for iOS and Android.
The usual password security tips always apply. Do remember that sometimes one stolen password can be used to access multiple accounts.
The Layout Change
Tweets are the centerpiece. Twitter has pushed all secondary information to the side and has given the tweets room to capture eyeballs. The “Who to follow” section moves from the place near your profile bio and Trends to the rightmost third column.
It’s a small design tweak, but the addition of a less-frustrating password reset and the improvement in security is better for the long run. Do you think so?