Twitter fights hacking with two-factor authentication

By Jennifer Van Grove

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After a string of high-profile hacking incidents, Twitter has finally introduced a two-factor authentication system as a way for members to keep their accounts more secure.

On Wednesday, the information network rolled out the new login verification feature, which people can select to require entry of a six-digit code, in addition to their standard password, to gain access to their Twitter accounts.

“When you sign in to, there’s a second check to make sure it’s really you,” the company said in a blog post announcing the optional security feature.

The two-factor system mirrors that of Facebook’s and requires members to provide a phone number to which Twitter can send a unique code with each login attempt. Twitter users can turn on two-factor authentication from their Account Settings page, where they can tick the box to “Require a verification code when I sign in.” Users then need to enter their phone number, and Twitter will subsequently text the number for verification purposes.

Read More Twitter fights hacking with two-factor authentication | Internet & Media – CNET News.

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