The micro-blogging website Twitter making many changes to the platform to enhance its service, and one of the biggest change was the increase of characters from 140 to 280 characters. Now the website wants to give some extra protection to its users via two-factor authentication. Twitter has announced that users can now use third-party apps for two-factor authentication and instead of the SMS.
We’re rolling out an update to login verification.
You’ll now be able to use a third party app for two-factor authentication instead of SMS text messages.https://t.co/UXl3xKLEaG
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) December 20, 2017
Till now when we login to the Twitter we get an SMS which consists a 6-digit verification code, we need to enter that particular code to log into our account. But this process is something like out-dated as well as inconvenient, as sometimes we aren’t able to use that particular SIM which we have registered on Twitter, because of network issue or due to some other kind of situation. But this thing is going to be changed with the new announcement by the Twitter, with the support for third-party apps for the two-factor authentication. It can generate security code without depending on any network or internet.
Follow the steps to setup two-factor authentication via third-party apps:
- Login to the Twitter account, and go to the ‘Settings and privacy’.
- Click on the ‘Account’ tab.
- Now under the ‘Security’, next to ‘Login verification’, click the Review your login verification methods button to get started.
- Enter your password and then Confirm. Now click Set up next to Mobile security app, and read the instructions and click on Start.
- If you’re asked to verify your password, then enter it and click Verify.
- Now you will see a pop-up which will see a QR code (follow the instructions listed).
- To set up the third-party authenticator app, you need to scan the QR code.
- You will then see a 6-digit numeric security code.
- Enter this code in the Security code and click Done.
That’s it, now you will be able to log in to the account by generating codes via the third-party two-factor authentication app installed on your smartphone.