A lot of high profile twitter accounts have been getting hacked recently and it was taken a step further when a false tweet from The Associated Press rocked the US stock market. There were also similar attacks on Burger King & The Onion… The Onion being the onion, it was hard to figure out they were hacked at all.
This lack of proper security measures have since caused a bit of a ruckus in the tech world at large and twitter has responded well and in time; with the new 2 step verification option twitter gives you, you can now set your account up to require a code which will be sent straight to your phone on every login attempt rather than just a password.
Activating two step verification
It’s quite simple really; the feature is disabled by default, so you’ll need to go into your account settings in order to enable it, check mark “Require a verification code when I sign in,” and then click on “add a phone.” From there, you’ll enter in your mobile phone number. Once that’s done, you’ll always be sent a six-digit code that you’ll use to sign in each time to twitter. This is to prevent other people from logging into your account, even if they know your password.
Isn’t that just awesome… And just in case you would prefer a visual demonstration, here is a short YouTube video that shows you exactly how simple the process is
This two step verification security method has also been previously setup by companies like Facebook & dropbox to help protect their users.
Be careful however! Activating 2 step verification means you MUST make use of the code sent to your mobile phone every time you want to login which means if you lose that phone it might become a problem.
So if you are the type to lose your phone constantly and switch phone numbers maybe this solution is not for you.
Written By Jchedda LayGiri [ @JcheddaLayGiri ]