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Twitter offers two-factor authentication for stronger logins

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Twitter is latest media company to suffer cyber attack
Twitter is latest media company to suffer cyber attack

Twitter said it has enabled two-factor authentication.

“Every day, a growing number of people login to Twitter," Jim O'Leary of Twitter's product security team wrote in a blog.

“Usually these login attempts come from the genuine account owners, but we occasionally hear from people whose accounts have been compromised by email phishing schemes or a breach of password data elsewhere on the web.”

The functionality will work similar to the way it does on Gmail. Users opt in to the additional security feature in the 'Settings' page and add a mobile phone number. Then, each time they login to their account using their normal credentials, they are prompted to enter a six-digit verification code, which is sent via SMS to that phone number.

“With login verification enabled, your existing applications will continue to work without disruption,” O'Leary wrote.

“If you need to sign in to your Twitter account on other devices or apps, visit your 'Applications' page to generate a temporary password to login and authorise that application.”

Twitter has faced pressure to deploy two-factor capability in light of a number of highly publicised account takeovers, including those that targeted The Associated Press and Financial Times.

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