Two Factor Authentication has become one commonplace for major accounts. Apple’s got it. Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon have had it for a while. And now Twitter just joined the league.!
Twitter quietly released support for third-party two-factor authentication applications, to add an extra layer of security to your account. Well, the strange part is that the company didn’t announced this news publicly, although the support was embedded a couple of months back itself.
You may not be aware, but we’re probably using two-factor authentication in the physical world. The explanation itself would convince you that why it’s a good idea to use these mission-critical online services. Before diving any deeper, first let’s understand what it actually means and how it works.
What is Two Factor Authentication?
Two Factor Authentication (2FA) involves using two or three different kinds of information to authenticate your identity while you’re logging in your account.
The three major components include:
- Something you know, such as a personal identification number (PIN), password or a pattern.
- Something you have, such as an ATM card, phone.
- Something you are, such as a biometric identification like a fingerprint or voice print.
How to Use Two Factor Authentication on Twitter
Follow these quick steps to keep your Twitter account safe from hackers:
- Install a two-factor authentication app like Google Authenticator or Authy, and set up your personal account with the service on your phone.
- Log in to Twitter account and head on to Settings.
- Under the ‘Security’ head, check the box that says ‘Verify login requests’ and type in the verification code you receive via SMS on that page.
- Next, click the button labeled ‘Setup a code generator app’; instructions, along with a bar code will pop up. Launch the 2FA app on your phone and use it to scan the bar code.
- You’ll now see a six-digit code labeled Twitter in your 2FA app. The next time you try to log into Twitter, you’ll be prompted to enter this code that changes every few seconds. It works even if your phone is offline.
- Yes, you’re all set now!
So gladly your Twitter account is now safe. Or say safer, at least!
Adding a strong password to your account is not enough to protect your online presence. Think broader and take one step further!
Still, it’s better late than never for those of us who want to keep our accounts safe from pesky hackers.