Well it took them long enough to do, but at long last Twitter has introduced Two-Step Verification for its users to help prevent hackers from gaining access to their accounts. One the one hand it’s great to see that they have implemented a form of Two-Step Verification (they are calling it Login Verification) for their users, but on the other hand Twitter should have done this a long time ago which may have prevented the crazy amount of hijacked accounts over the years. I’d personally prefer it if Twitter would allow people to use the Google Authenticator app, but this is better than what they had before security wise.
The set up process is very straight forward and should take you less that a minute to complete, giving you an extra layer of security. One thing to note though, is that if you are running a Twitter account that allows multiple people to post to, like a big corporation, then this may well cause an issue as it requires sending a code to a registered mobile device. Users should also note that this won’t affect any existing apps that you have linked to your Twitter account.
Here’s how to quickly set up Two-Step for your account.
Firstly, login and enter your password as usual. Once you are signed in, head to your settings area and scroll down until you see the new area for enabling Two-Step Verification
When you try to put a check in the box that says ‘Require a verification code when I sign in‘, you will see 2 messages informing you that a test message will be sent to your phone to check that it is still the one that is registered with that account. It’s a good idea to check that the mobile number you have registered with Twitter is the one you use. To check this, go to Settings>Mobile>My Phone
If the number that you have registered is fine, simply follow the prompts. You will first get a test message from Twitter simply saying, ‘Twitter can send verification codes to this device!’. You don’t have to reply to this, it’s simply a notification. All you have to do now is re-enter your Twitter password to confirm that you want to enable this security setting.
You should now see that the check box next to ‘Require a verification code when I sign in‘ is ticked. Now sign out of your account, and sign back in to check it works correctly.
Once you sign in again, enter your username and password as per-usual. Once you have entered them, you will then be asked to enter your 6-digit verification code. Twitter will send this code to your mobile phone. Simply enter this and hit submit.