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 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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