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Twitter starts to roll out two-factor login verification

Two-factor authentication is one of the best ways to increase the security of online accounts. Companies and services like Google, PayPal or Valve are already making use of the feature to provide their users with an additional layer of security. A second code needs to be entered after the usual username and password combination has been accepted to complete the login process.

Twitter has been working on adding login verification to its service for some time now. Today, the company has started to roll out the feature to all of its users.

Twitter uses a SMS-based system that the company sends to verified phones during the login process. This is different from many other services that use authenticator apps, hardware devices or email to generate codes.

Take a look at the following video to see how the new login verification is activated on Twitter.

Here is how to set it up for your account:

  • You need to verify an email address and a phone number before you can start to enable two-factor authentication for your account.
  • To do so, visit your account's settings page and scroll down until you find the account security listing there.
  • Twitter displays whether you need to verify the email address or phone number, or if that has been done previously already.
  • Check the "Require a verification code when I sign in" box next to Account security once you have verified the email address and phone.
  • A test message is send to the phone and you need to confirm that you have received it.
  • You are asked to enter your account password for verification purposes.
twitter two-factor authentication setup
Twitter two-factor login verification
  • Next time you log in to Twitter you enter your username and password like usual, and the verification code that Twitter sent to your phone on the second page. You can only sign in successfully if both checks are correct.

You can authorize third party applications on the applications page that do not support the two-factor authentication scheme yet.

The service is not working yet in some countries. It is not working in Germany and France for example, and maybe other countries as well. Some users may not see the option yet at all.

Two-factor authentication is an important step in improving the overall security of Twitter accounts. What feels a bit strange is that you cannot use Twitter's apps to verify your phone.

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    1. Taomyn said on May 23, 2013 at 3:58 am

      Sorry Twitter but not giving you my mobile number – use an app like others are starting to do. You don’t even have to write one as Google have one already, even Dropbox/App.Net use it.

    2. Maou said on May 23, 2013 at 8:42 am

      Yeah, I trust no one in the Internet with my phone number.
      Make something like Grid from lastpass or google authenticator, there are so many options…

    3. Senexx said on May 25, 2013 at 5:41 am

      I’m pretty sure I said it on here about Google’s two factor verification and I’ll say the same to twitter as others above have done, there is no way in hell am I giving any software based company my phone number.

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