23 May 2013

Twitter Announces Two-Factor Authentication

Twitter has introduced two-factor authentication by including mobile phones in users’ verification processes after a series of high-profile account hacks.

Apart from entering the correct password, each time users attempt to log into their Twitter accounts from a new device, they will also be required to provide a code sent to a pre-designated mobile phone.  

“This release is built on top of Twitter via SMS, so we need to be able to send a text to your phone before you can enroll in login verification (which may not work with some cell phone providers),” the company writes in a blog post that introduces the two-step authentication process to its customers.   "Much of the server-side engineering work required to ship this feature has cleared the way for us to deliver more account security enhancements in the future."   

The two-factor authentication is Twitter’s long-awaited security measure and the company’s response to the avalanche of high–profile media organization accounts takeovers.

Hacktivist groups, including the Syrian Electronic Army, have been hijacking numerous media corporations Twitter accounts for the past months. The Associated Press, the BBC, the CBS, the BBC, E! Online, Financial Times, the Telegraph, and the Onion are among the victims.