Twitter Implements Two-Factor Authentication

  • Authentication through SMS
  • Issue with shared accounts
  • Doesn’t’ work with mobile apps

Twitter has announced today that it will start implementing two-factor authentication via SMS to protect its users from hacks and phishing scams on the web.

  • Authentication through SMS
  • Issue with shared accounts
  • Doesn’t’ work with mobile apps

Twitter has announced today that it will start implementing two-factor authentication via SMS to protect its users from hacks and phishing scams on the web.

The authentication process is pretty much similar to other authentication process from other companies in the sense that a text message is sent to a user containing a code which the user will need to input to the network once he or she signs in using the existing username and password for the account to prove his identity as the owner of the account.

However, an issue arises if the account in question is a shared account. As in the case of Twitter accounts for brands and news outlets. With the current authentication process, the code can only be sent to one phone number listed in the account. So in cases where several people are provided access to the account, the code needs to be relayed to whoever needs it.

Twitter is already aware of the issue and says that more account security enhancements are to come in the future. For the meantime, have you tried authenticating your account? If you have, please do tell us your experience by leaving a comment below.

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