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Twitter two factor authentication is obvious and necessary

Google rolled out its two factor authentication offering in 2011, but Microsoft only just introduced their own last week. Making additional authentication steps mandatory for all users is a non-starter, since any friction standing between a social service and engagement would be a nightmare.

Having said that, this type of authentication is something that every verified account on Twitter should have had long ago. When Twitter verifies an account, it is saying that they have gone through some type of procedure to approve that the person or entity is who they say they are. Keeping that integrity safe is essential to the entire concept.

In Twitter’s defense, a two-factor authentication for accounts that might be used my multiple parties in multiple locations, such as in the AP’s case, could be a hard problem to solve. In Google’s two-step process, as well as Facebook’s, you’re sent a text message with a code to enter when logging into your account from an unauthenticated device.

For the uninitiated, “two factor” means two barriers to entry. For example, when signing in, users must enter their password, as well as a security code that they can only access from a personal device, such as a smartphone.

For Google, which has the option of two-factor authentication on its apps, it works like this: When you sign into a new device for the first time, Google’s security system sends you a code via text, voice call or mobile app. Enter the code from your phone during sign-in, and you’re good to go. What’s more, you don’t have to go through this process every time: Google can remember your device for 30 days.

Simply put, it enables two levels of protection, and makes it much harder for someone who stole your password to simply sign in as you from another computer: The second-factor authentication would show up on your phone — not theirs.


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One Response to Twitter two factor authentication is obvious and necessary

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