Twitter does the two-step (authentication) dance

Twitter does the two-step (authentication) dance

Twitter announced Wednesday that it is offering a form of two-step authentication for security-conscious users who want to make sure that their accounts are protected from unauthorized use. The new feature is described in a post made by Jim O'Leary of Twitter's product security team on the official Twitter blog.

Twitter's two-step authentication process adds a verification code validation that's sent to a mobile phone number by SMS each time you sign in to Twitter. Enter the six-digit code and you're on your way.

This news comes on the heels of high-profile Twitter account hackings of newspapers, news television programs and news services. Victims have included the Financial Times, 60 Minutes, and perhaps most infamously, the Associated Press. The hacked AP account produced a phony tweet saying the White House had been bombed, which set off a brief stock market drop, caused by a reaction from automated stock trading systems that track news keywords.

Many of the recent high-profile Twitter hijackings have been credited to the "Syrian Electronic Army," an anonymous group of hackers loyal to the regime of Syrian president Bashar al Assad.

Peter Cohen

Managing Editor of iMore, Mac and gaming specialist and all-around technologist. Follow him on Twitter @flargh

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There are 4 comments. Add yours.

SockRolid says:

Glad to hear Twitter is taking security a little more seriously now.

Re: "The hacked AP account produced a phony tweet saying the White House had been bombed, which set off a brief stock market drop, caused by a reaction from automated stock trading systems that track news keywords."

Pretty sure this happens with specific stocks too. AAPL for example. I wonder if High Frequency trading bots scan Bloomberg feeds.

Brian Sanderson says:

Any idea how I would go about this on the ipad. Is there someway to access the desktop site on the ipad? Thanks for any help.

Galley says:

What if you don't use SMS?

ame says:

I set it up immediately. I only use Twitter to read tweets usually but I'd rather not find out someone was using mine to start WW3. I had it set up with FB immediately. I am batting around re-enabling Gmail again, but it was a massive PITA when I set it up last time.