Yes, it’s a bloody nightmare but it can happen to everyone… Your Twitter account can get hacked. As we’ve seen many big Twitter accounts being hacked recently, more notably the White House account this April, so I think it’s pretty safe to say that nobody’s immune to it. Other online services like Gmail or Facebook have had two-factor verification for ages, but Twitter has just joined in yesterday, much to our satisfaction. Now, for anyone who’s not aware, two-factor verification basically adds a second layer of protection to your online account, by having you enter a second code that is sent to you on your mobile phone.
At Twitter (they call it “login verification”) is set up like this:
- Enter your Twitter account as usual.
- Go to account “settings”.
- Scroll down to the “Require a verification code when I sign in.”
- It says that you need to “add a phone”, so click on the link to do so…
- Follow the rest of the instructions.
- After you complete the above steps, every time you login to Twitter.com, you will need to have your phone handy since you will be sent a six-digit code in an SMS. You need to enter that code every time from now on, as well as your usual password.
Well, that’s it! It’s easy, it only takes a few minutes, and hey… it’ll hopefully keep your account nice and safe. If you need to login from a device or through an app, you will also need to go to your applications page to get a temporary password to log in and “authorize that application”.
Oh, here’s a little video that explains things for you “visual types”:
It’s that simple… No excuses from now on that your Twitter account has been hacked… ;-)