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Twitter finally makes an important security change that helps everyone



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Twitter allows you to use 2FA without a phone number.


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Twitter recently announced that users can disable SMS-based two-factor authentication, a requirement that the company has respected despite the increased security risk of receiving 2FA codes via SMS .

Two-factor authentication, which is widely regarded as the best practice for securing your online accounts, adds an extra level of security to your online accounts by entering a six-digit number after entering the correct password your account. Originally, two-factor codes were mainly sent via SMS, which has proved problematic. For example, the account of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was hacked in August.

The person (s) who had control of their account sent hate messages before they were deleted. They were able to gain access to his account and bypass two-factor authentication by switching the SIM card associated with his phone number and then receiving the SMS two-factor authentication code in a practice called a SIM exchange.

After Twitter clears the request, you can now opt to receive the 2FA codes exclusively through third-party apps or a dedicated security key. Not only is this safer, but you can also access your codes even if your phone can not receive text messages, as on a long flight. If you've already enabled 2FA in your Twitter account or until the company has placed the SMS request, you need to know the following.

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Set up 2FA for your Twitter account.

If you have not taken the time to set up two-factor authentication for your Twitter account, now is almost no time. The sign-up process only takes a few seconds, but it adds a lot to the security of your account. We'll set up 2FA with an authentication app like Google Authenticator or 1Password. If you are not sure which app to use, you will find in our guide the most important password managers, most of which contain authentication features.

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You do not need to keep SMS-2FA codes enabled.


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You must do the following:

  1. Visit the account section of your account on Twitter.com .
  2. With the Account tab selected, click Security .
  3. Then click Two-Factor Authentication .
  4. There are three different options: SMS, Authentication App, and Security Key. Select Authentication App .

The rest of the process depends on which app you use. However, in general, a Google-generated QR code will be scanned so that the app can create your 2FA codes. After scanning the QR code, you will be prompted to enter the six-digit number displayed in your app to verify proper setup.

In the future, every time you log in to your Twitter account, you will be prompted for your 2FA code after entering your password. Again, the process takes a few seconds, but it's worth it.

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Disable the SMS codes. You are safer for that.


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Prevent Twitter from sending short message 2FA codes

If your account already has two-factor authentication and you are using an authentication app, you should disable text message codes. This prevents someone from accessing your account via SIM exchange.

You must do the following:

  1. Visit the account section of your account on Twitter.com .
  2. With the Account tab selected, click Security .
  3. Then click Two-Factor Authentication .
  4. Uncheck the box next to "Text message" and accept the change when prompted.

Twitter is not the only website that uses this option uses 2FA. Apple, Google and Facebook each provide the additional layer of security. Even Fortnite has 2FA . Keep in mind that the additional security level is for your own protection and yes, it is a slight inconvenience, but at the end of the day this is far less than the time and headache you have to deal with when someone gets access to your accounts.


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