Yippy! A more secure and easy way to authenticate your Twitter account has been added. In addition to Twitter’s SMS-based two-factor authentication to secure your account, you can now install third-party apps such as Google Authenticator, 1Password, and Authy to gain easy access to your Twitter account, TNW reports.
You can install any of the three aforementioned apps on your phone and generate numeric codes that can be entered in addition to your password to log into your account. That easy? Yes—and it’s even easier than the SMS-based two-factor authentication method since you don’t need to be online or have an internet connection to do this.
Like I said earlier, it’s easier than the previous way of doing it through an SMS. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it; especially on the web:
- Visit Twitter.com in your browser [it’s easier to set it up from your browser]
- In the top menu, tap your profile icon, then tap Settings and privacy.
- Tap Account, then tap Security.
Drag the slider next to Security app to receive a code via a separate app.
- Read instructions and tap Start.
- Enter your password and tap Verify.
- Start the set-up process by tapping Set up now.
- Follow the set-up process instructions (which involves scanning a bar code with your phone).
- You’ll see a Try it now message. Generate a code through the third-party app, enter it, and tap Verify.
- Now, through the third-party app, you can view and use codes for login verification.
Now, that’s not only easy, it speeds up the login process—and of course, it’s secures your account.
You know how it is with securing your account and keeping it away from the bad guys—the real job of doing so starts with you. While Twitter’s new account authentication method is secure and easier, it’s still up to you to keep your account safe.
In other Twitter news, the microblogging company on Wednesday said it will start notifying users when their content gets blocked and reasons for such action.
Twitter will start displaying messages to inform you when it blocks your tweets—this of course, would be to comply with local laws or court orders. It’s an update on what it calls Country Withheld Content (CWC). The new interstitials according to Jeremy Kessel, Twitter’s Global Legal Policy Director, will give Twitter users information as soon as they try to access tweets or accounts that have been blocked.
In response to a valid legal request to remove a particular content or tweet, users will now see a message like:
“This tweet from @username has been withheld <country> in response to a legal demand.”
While a message like the one below would simply mean that a tweet is being withheld in response to local law(s):
“This tweet from @username has been withheld <country> based on local law(s).”
There are other reasons a message or tweet or content could be withheld by Twitter. You can find out more about these other reasons when you visit the CWS page where other info has been made available.