Tips for Using Twitter Security Features

Alright, this time we will provide a smart tip for new Twitter application users on how to use the security features on Twitter easily. 

Tips for Using Twitter Security Features

Whereas it has been reported that Twitter has just made adjustments to its security features, users do not need to submit a phone number because it uses updated two-factor authentication (2FA).

2FA itself is one of the best ways to prevent others from accessing and taking over your account. 

Indeed, Twitter itself has had the 2FA feature for years but only recently announced that users can now use the 2FA feature without connecting a phone number to their account. 

As has been reported by Production Director Kayvon Beykpour, that users with their number linked to their account in addition to application-based authentication can delete numbers and still activate their 2FA.

Where Twitter has offered three ways to secure an account name, by SMS text messaging, through authentication applications such as Authy or Google Authenticator, or with physical security keys. 

Text authentication texts can be intercepted through SIM hijacking by criminals who are trying to gain control of the account. 

Although physical keys are perhaps the strongest way to protect against hacking, the authenticator application is also a solid option, which is the best and easiest way to secure user accounts without physical keys.

Tips for Using Twitter Security Features 1

Here's a smart way to use Twitter's security features:

  • On the side menu, click More, then click Settings and privacy.
  • Click Account settings then click Security.
  • Touch Two-factor authentication.
  • There are three methods you can choose: SMS, Application authentication, or Security key.

For those of you who want to use security via SMS:

  • Click the checkbox next to SMS.
  • Read the overview instructions, then click Next.
  • Enter your password, then click Verify.

Note: If you don't have a mobile number associated with your account, we will ask you to enter it. Additionally, you may not choose an option that allows your contacts to find you on Twitter.
  • After that, it will ask you to enter the confirmation code that sent via SMS. Type the code, you will see a confirmation screen with a backup code. 
  • It is recommended that you save the screen code image if you need to use it later. This will help you access your account if your phone is lost or changes numbers.
  • Click Understand when the process on this screen is complete.
For those of you who want to use security via SMS

The following is for securing a Twitter account through the authentication application:

  • Click the checkbox next to Authentication applications.
  • Read the overview instructions, then click Start.
  • If prompted, enter your password and click Verify.
  • You will be asked to link the authentication application to your Twitter account by scanning the QR code. 
  • If you have not installed the application on your device, you need to download it. 
  • You can use any time-based One Time Password / TOTP such as Google Authenticator, Authy, Duo Mobile. 1Password, etc.
  • After you scan the QR code, click Next.
  • Enter the code generated by the application, then click Verify.
  • You will see a confirmation screen. 
  • Click Understand to complete the setup.

And lastly, if you want to go through a security key:

  • To get started, you must turn on one of two two-factor authentication methods: SMS or Application authentication.
  • Click the Security key.
  • Read the overview, then click Start.
  • Enter the physical security key into your computer's USB port, then touch the key.
  • Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the setup.

Note: You need to use the latest supported browser versions, such as Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, or Safari to add or log in to your account with a security key.
That way your Twitter account is safe with the use of a solid authentication application and also the security of the Twitter application itself. Good luck and hopefully useful for you all.

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