Twitter's SMS-based 2-factor authentication (2FA), will be available only to Twitter Blue subscribers beginning Monday, March 20.The announcement last month means that users who use two factor authentication to protect their accounts won’t get the additional protection.
"While 2FA was popular in the past, we have seen bad actors abuse 2FA based on phone numbers. We will not allow accounts to enroll in the SMS/text message method of 2FA, except for those who are Twitter Blue subscribers. The availability of text message 2FA on Twitter Blue may vary depending on the country and carrier," the company stated.
To access their accounts, users will need to create a password and enter a code or security keys. It will not allow accounts to enroll in the SMS/text message method of 2FA unless they have Twitter Blue subscribers.
Users will need to subscribe to Twitter Blue for $8 per month to have access to the SMS-based 2FA. Note that the Twitter Blue subscription costs Rs 6,800 (Rs 566.67 per month) for a yearly plan, and Rs 650 (Rs 7,800 annually) for a monthly plan. Anyone who is willing to pay will get a blue checkmark on their account. Twitter Blue, among other features, allows users to edit tweets and upload 1080p videos. Users can also post longer videos.
Alternative to SMS 2FA, you can also use an app or security key to authenticate. According to the company, these methods require physical possession of the authentication method. They are a great way for your account to be secure.
A 'Security Key" is a physical device that fits into your computer and generates random numbers that can be used to log in. This will only work with supported browsers and mobile devices.
Click on the three-dot menu or "More" if you are on Twitter desktop. A pop-up will appear asking you to select Settings and Support. From there, navigate to Two-Factor authentication just like in the Twitter app.
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