Twitter Now Supports Third-Party Apps for 2FA

Twitter now Supports Third Party Apps for Two Step Authentication

This might also encourage you to use two-factor authentication if you thought it was too much of a hassle before.

Setting up login verification on a third-party app for your Twitter account is pretty straightforward.

Two-factor authentication helps users prevent their accounts from being hijacked in case their passwords are stolen. Twitter has offered two-factor for a long while now, but it's used the less secure SMS-based verification method excessively until now. The activist DeRay McKesson had his account hacked previous year when someone called Verizon and posed as McKesson, convincing the customer service representative to transfer his number to a new SIM. You're set from now on - Twitter has added support for verifying your sign-in through a third-party app.

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Tap Account, then tap Security.

This is why companies like Microsoft and Google make apps that make the second factor of authentication easier. If you don't already have two-factor authentication enabled, you will be required to set it up through the usual process, but do keep in mind that it will use SMS for two-factor authentication by default. "If the Security app selection is now disabled, you'll be prompted to enable it", Twitter explains in a blog post. Authentication apps are harder to swipe, and can follow you even if you change numbers or lose access to your phone.


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