Twitter on Wednesday rolled out its answer to recent hacks against high-profile account. Twitter two-factor authentication is the social networks first attempt at protecting user accounts from unscrupulous activity by outsiders.
Several weeks ago the accounts of Burger King, The Associate Press, and others were hacked and racist, mean, and often confusing messages were left in the form of unauthorized tweets. Following those attacks employees at Twitter began internally testing two-factor authentication.
Using the system customers must wait for an SMS text message to be delivered to their smartphone, at which time they can enter an always changing passcode.
Twitter is warning customers that some carriers may not support the two-factor authentication code setup, however the company is already working on other authentication types.
One of the problems with the current setup is that many high-profile and enterprise customers often have more than one person working on their account. However, Twitter only allows for one phone number to be used for SMS authentication.
Turning on the Two-Factor authentication setup is simple:
- Visit your account settings page.
- Select “Require a verification code when I sign in.”
- Click on the link to “add a phone” and follow the prompts.
- After you enroll in login verification, you’ll be asked to enter a six-digit code that we send to your phone via SMS each time you sign in to twitter.com.
Two-factor authentication is purely an opt-in feature at this time.
Will you be using two-factor authentication for your Twitter account?