Will New Two-Factor Authentication Prevent Your Twitter Account From Being Hacked?

Will New Two-Factor Authentication Prevent Your Twitter Account From Being Hacked?

May 22, 2013 Updated May 22, 2013 at 6:56 PM EDT

Are you a Twitter user? Has your account ever been hacked?  If so, you will soon be able to likely prevent that from happening again.

After several high-profile security breaches over the last year, including the recent hack of the Associated Press feed, the microblogging giant on Wednesday announced it was fighting back against hacking by introducing two-factor authentication to protect member accounts.

According to a post on the official Twitter Blog:

Every day, a growing number of people log in to Twitter. Usually these login attempts come from the genuine account owners, but we occasionally hear from people whose accounts have been compromised by email phishing schemes or a breach of password data elsewhere on the web.

Today we’re introducing a new security feature to better protect your Twitter account: login verification.

This is a form of two-factor authentication. When you sign in to twitter.com, there’s a second check to make sure it’s really you. You’ll be asked to register a verified phone number and a confirmed email address. To get started, follow these steps:

1. Visit your account settings page.

2. Select “Require a verification code when I sign in.”

3. Click on the link to “add a phone” and follow the prompts.

4. 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.

For other ways to keep your Twitter account secure, click HERE to see a another list of best practices set forth by Twitter.

Watch the Twitter Login Verification video below


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