Twitter begins two-factor authentication roll out

In April, unconfirmed reports hit the Internet that Twitter was beginning to test their own form of two-factor authentication for user accounts. Today, Twitter confirmed that option is now being rolled out, offering some better protection against hackers.

Twitter's official blog has the details on how their new security feature will work. Basically, users go to the account settings page on the Twitter website and select the option that will send a verification code to a mobile phone. After that, users will get a six digit code sent to their phone via SMS every time they log into their Twitter account. The code is then used to complete the login procedure.

The company added that the server-side upgrades that were needed to support the two-factor authentication option has had a side effect. It stated that because of these changes it "has cleared the way for us to deliver more account security enhancements in the future."

The new security changes come as a number of Twitter accounts used by major companies and media organizations have been the subject of recent takeovers. An example of this activity happened in April, when the Associated Press' Twitter account posted a false message that claimed explosions had hit the White House. The post caused the US stock markets to sell off before the message was discovered to be a hoax.

Source: Twitter

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What bone head at Twitter decided on using SMS instead of an app or the existing Google Authenticator? Do they not know SMS's cost money and some people flat out do not have a SMS plan on their account?

IIRC Facebook does the same crap.

With awful phone reception in my area, this will have to be a feature I will have to miss. Are there any other forms of Two-Factor Authentication?

You can have the code to be sent to you via email... Which it works for me since I usually leave my phone in other room or car... I have the code to be sent to my email address so I could get in that way.