When Twitter presented its verification feature in two steps, many users were not sold in terms of its practicality. Then, earlier this year, users complained that the method is as vulnerable as other security features. However, this Thursday, the company could already solve the problem with its two-factor authentication.
Twitter two-step authentication, which was introduced in 2013, was supposed to add an additional layer of protection to the accounts by providing users with a second login credential sent through messages of text. Unfortunately, SMS-based codes are not so secure, since they could still be sent directly to a hacker's cell phone, or the hacker could get them by other means.
As Twitter is already aware that text codes are not so secure, now it has allowed users to resort to third-party applications to obtain their second login data. Twitter users can choose between 1Pbadword, Google Authenticator and Authy to generate their second step verification code. The configuration of the two factor verification protection is now longer with these third-party applications, but surely users will appreciate how this longer process could guarantee the security of your account.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to set up long two-step verification of Twitter, courtesy of 9to5Google:
Set up login verification
- Log in to your Twitter account .
- Look for the avatar icon in the upper left corner and touch it. You can also slide in from the left.
- Select Settings and privacy.
- Click on Account.
- Go to Security.
- Touch the empty check box next to Log On Verification
- From here, follow the instructions shown on the screen to verify your pbadword. Once this is done, the interface will guide you through the process of confirming your phone number.
- The application will provide you with a backup code once you have registered. It is recommended that you save the code in a safe and accessible place in case you are blocked from your Twitter account by accident.
Configuring authorization with a third-party application
- Once you have completed the login verification steps, you need to download the third-party application of your choice and complete the initial configuration of the application.
- Log in to your Twitter account.
- Click on the avatar icon in the upper left corner or swipe in from the left.
- Choose Settings and Privacy.
- Select Account.
- Press Security.
- Now press the empty check box next to the mobile security application below the verification methods.
- Follow the instructions that are displayed to begin verifying your pbadword.
- Finally, click the Configure Now button to start your third-party code generation application. The latter should offer you a private Twitter key, which you can use to verify your Twitter account.
Twitter has a long two-step verification feature that adds additional protection to user accounts. Photo: Reuters / Thomas White