Twitter’s hype is something we all are familiar with.
The mega sensation of social media understands the need of safe and secure account access. In response to its customer concerns related to password security, Twitter has now introduced two factor authentication through third party enclosures.
That’s an eminent sign of Twitter parting ways with SMS text message.
Google Authenticator and Authy are two third parties that have partnered Twitter for generating numeric codes.
These numeric codes will vanish within 30 seconds, making it extremely tough for intruders to hack an account or breach any other security measure. No standard static codes to be used for account log in and verification, according to Twitter’s stance.
Twitter is the front-runner to seek a third party platform for Two factor authentication.
This is due to the reason that standard static codes were vulnerable to malicious and malware attacks. In fact, those codes were also open to be intercepted by hackers.
On December 20, 2017 Twitter officially made an announcement (Twitter Safety)
Twitter wants authenticated and verified use of its social media platform.
The newly announced two factor authentication does not rely on SMS text message. Neither it requires a connection or a mobile carrier to verify your account.
Here, Twitter seems to make an attempt to dump text messaging for 2FA two factor authentication completely, according to theverge.
Apart from SMS text message, you would also require your mobile phone for setting up two factor authentication to use Twitter. Only your phone can retrieve your account details.
Another thing to notice is that Twitter will keep sending users SMS messages on its default setting. However, you can disable SMS text messages from your settings “login verification” area.
Two factor authentication by Twitter will add more to your account safety.
But – at the expense of leaving SMS.
Clearly, now only third party 2FA apps can generate new codes for login and sign up verification, a much needed move by Twitter.