Twitter two-factor authentication now supports third-party apps

Twitter two-factor authentication now supports third-party apps

Users will be able to install third-party apps for two-factor authentication to verify their accounts thereby paving way for millions of users who were not able to use SMS-based 2FA to proceed with better securing their accounts.

However, thanks to an update rolled out by Twitter, as an alternative to SMS, users can also use a third-party authenticator app such as Google Authenticator, Duo Mobile, Authy or similar installed on their mobile device.

However, SMS-based 2FA is not fully secure considering it is based on static codes. Generate a code through the third-party app, enter it, and tap Verify.

Once that's done, you can securely log in anytime by firing up your authentication app and entering the code for Twitter when prompted.

Once you have completed the Login Verification steps, you need to download the third-party app of your choice and complete the app's initial setup.

- Now go to Profile and click on Settings and privacy.

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A quick warning, though - some users reported that turning off texted codes turned off their two-factor authentication altogether and they had to set it up a second time.

Follow the set up process instructions.

Now press the empty checkbox next to Mobile security app below the Verification methods.

You can also disable this feature anytime you want.

Read the instructions and then click Start. Twitter will display a pop-up window showcasing a QR code, which users will need to scan to set up the third-party authenticator app. Users will then see a six-digit numeric security code that needs to be entered in the "Security code" text field in the pop-up window. Micro-blogging platform Twitter too supports two-factor authentication, however, until now, it relied on SMS to send verification codes.

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