If you haven’t done away with SMS-based two-factor authentication and opted for some other method to enable the feature, today is the last day to do so. Twitter last month announced that it would be discontinuing two-factor authentication (2FA) for non-Twitter Blue subscribers from March 20, 2023.
“Historically a popular form of 2FA, unfortunately we have used phone-number based 2FA – and it has been abused by bad actors. So, starting today, we will allow accounts to enroll in the text message/SMS method of 2FA unless they are a Twitter Blue subscriber,” Twitter said in a support page at the time.
To date, Twitter offered three modes, all of which users could choose from, to enable two-factor authentication for their accounts. These methods include SMS, an authenticator app and a security key. However, with today’s change, non-paying Twitter users will no longer be able to use a combination of password and OTP sent via an SMS to secure their accounts. Instead, they must either use a third-party authenticator app like Google Authenticator or purchase a physical security key to secure their accounts. On the other hand, Twitter Blue subscribers will be able to choose any of the three methods for the same.
What happens if you don’t choose another 2FA method?
Twitter has also said that if non-Blue subscribers do not opt for an alternate authentication method by March 20, the company will automatically disable the feature for their accounts. “Disabling text message 2FA does not automatically unlink your phone number from your Twitter account,” the company said.
How do I secure my Twitter account?
With SMS-based 2FA disabled, non-Blue customers have three options for securing their accounts. They can either use the Authenticator app or physical hardware keys or upgrade their accounts to the Twitter Blue subscription service. For the unversed, Twitter Blue costs Rs 650 per month on web and Rs 900 per month on mobile.
The easiest way to use 2FA on Twitter for free is to use an Authenticator app. For this, you can use apps like Google Authenticator, Authy, Duo Mobile and 1Password.
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