The online community is filled with hackers and it is only logical that social media platforms give you two-factor authentication options for added security. But to do that with SMS verification code is not the safest option because of sim hacking and swapping.
But, before today, Twitter had only the SMS verification for this and you needed to give your phone number if you wanted added security. But, after Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey’s account got hacked due to sim swapping, the company had to admit that the two-factor authentication by using SMS verification was where the crack happened.
Not to mention, according to Twitter, many of the users’ phone numbers got used for advertising purposes unintentionally.
Now, months after Dorsey’s account got hacked, Twitter is finally rolling out 2F authentication which doesn’t require you to give out your phone number. The latest update that’s being rolled out gives you three options: a text message, authenticator app, and security key.
We’re also making it easier to secure your account with Two-Factor Authentication. Starting today, you can enroll in 2FA without a phone number. https://t.co/AxVB4QWFA1
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) November 21, 2019
Text messages are not the safest, as noted above. The authenticator apps that can be downloaded from App Store on iOS or Google Play Store on Android devices are pretty good. When paired with the apps you want to secure, they definitely add an extra layer of support.
But, the security key provides the most security. They are basically hardware devices that can’t be hacked if the hacker doesn’t get their hands on it. They are easy to install and they provide the securest two-factor authentication.
However, the security key option is not supported by Twitter other than its web version as of now. So, it’s better to have a backup option in place.
The update has not been launched for everyone at once. But rather it is being rolled out to all the users in the coming weeks. Then, you can delete your number and add an alternative method for 2FA like the authenticator app or the security key for your Twitter account.