Twitter Fends Off Security Breaches with Two-Factor Login Authentication

Twitter has had more than its share of security breaches on its accounts of late, from the Wall Street Journal and New York Times to CBS to Burger King and Jeep, and now the social platform is addressing security by rolling out login authentication.

In a blog post, Twitter’s product security team said, “We occasionally hear from people whose accounts have been compromised by email phishing schemes or a breach of password data elsewhere on the web. Today we’re introducing a new security feature to better protect your Twitter account: login verification.”

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Essentially, it’s just a form of two-factor authentication. Users will need to register a verified phone number and a confirmed email address. To get going, you can go to your account settings page and add a phone; every time you sign in to Twitter, you’ll get a 6-digit code via SMS on your phone.

Users can generate temporary passwords when logging in from other devices or apps, which affords some additional security.