Twitter has introduced ‘two-factor authentication’ to halt password hacking
Twitter has introduced a new mobile phone-based system security to stop hackers from capturing control of the accounts i-e “two-factor authentication”, which sends a mobile phone verification code on the social network.
[blockquote cite=”http://www.guardian.co.uk/”] The worst case occurred in April when the Associated Press’s feed was hacked by a group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army, which put out a false tweet claiming President Obama had been injured in a bomb attack.
Even if the password is correct, the login will automatically fail without the proper code, the advantage is that now even if the hackers had the password, they wouldn’t have the code sent to the mobile phone. This has added a greater security to the service.
This move is made because of growing hacking attacks over the past year, and the increasing importance of Twitter to organizations and influential individuals.
Two-factor authentication (2FA) uses a set combination of the password and then a code is sent to the mobile phone to verify a login. This service is offered as an option by email services including Google’s Gmail, Microsoft’s Outlook (formerly Hotmail), Yahoo mail, Apple’s iCloud, Facebook and cloud storage service Dropbox.