Will Twitter’s latest security update make the handy social media site an inconvenience?
After a string of high-profile hacks, Twitter is enhancing its security features by implementing a two-step login process to help users prevent more attacks.
The new “two-step” verification system requires users to register a verified phone number and an confirmed email address. Once a user registers both a number and an email address, users will be required to enter a six-digit code sent to the registered phone number through text message each time they use Twitter.com.
Jeff O’Leary of Twitter’s Product Security Team explained the reasoning behind the “two-step” verification in a blog post: “Every day, a growing number of people log in to Twitter. Usually these login attempts come from the genuine account owners, but we occasionally hear from people whose accounts have been compromised by email phishing schemes or a breach of password data elsewhere on the web.”
Twitter has been trying to curb the number of high-profile hacks this year, which affected brands and organizations like Burger King, The Associated Press, The Onion and even Twitter itself.
At this time, it’s unclear how it will affect users without text messaging plans.
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