Twitter Implements Two-Factor Authentication

This week Twitter finally announced their implementation of two-factor authentication. This was an effort made to help secure user accounts from hackers. While hacking of social media accounts may not seem like a big deal, last year many users suffered from having their account hacked. Twitter hackings used to mean virus like links being shared via direct message. While this was a major annoyance, there wasnt much harm done. After Twitter starting teaming up with some payments companies, Twitter hackings became a much bigger deal. Now users can upload their credit card information into their accounts for social payments. While this is of great convenience to users, this made Twitter hacking that much more valuable, literally.

The new two-factor authentication will work just like may other standard models do. Logging into an account will require something you know, like a password, and something you have, your mobile phone. When users log in, they will have an authentication code send to their mobile phones via SMS and then will have to enter the code in order to log in. Of course, this will typically work for desktop logins and mobile web logins app users may not have this option quite yet. What about brand accounts? Or accounts that have multiple people signing in? These are some logistics that may not have been complete thought through when first introducing this new security feature. Another downfall of two-factor authentication is physical theft. What if a user is signed up for this new feature and their phone is stolen or a thief has their phone? At this point the two-factor authentication no longer protect the account. While two-factor authentication is step in the right direction, it may not be the final step for better online fraud prevention.

[Contributed by EVS Marketing]