Twitter’s Two-Factor Account Verification Process Is Live
Twitter has had some trouble in the recent past with some high profile accounts getting hacked and the ensuing fallout from those issues. Part of their response was to say that they will be enabling a two-step verification process. At the time that was a promise but now it is in play according to the post on the Twitter blog from yesterday.
Here’s a video for you to get the gist.
So while this is a good first step it may not really be much help to those who really need it. How’s that you ask? Well, TechCrunch’s Josh Constine has this to say
However the brands and news outlets whose accounts are the most valuable to hackers may not benefit from the feature. They can only set one phone number as the recipient of the two-factor authentication codes, but may have several staff members who need to access the account. If they enabled it, whoever carried the phone registered with Twitter would have to relay the code to all the other staffers to get it to whoever needed it. That hassle might prevent shared accounts from turning on login verifications, and so the hackings may continue.
Hmmmm. It’s a nice start but this is a bit of a vexing issue. It’s hard to imagine that the AP’s Twitter account is accessed by only one person and would a large brand ever want to put that much control in the hands of just one person? Not likely.
Twitter has left the door open for improvements which many will feel can’t come soon enough.
This release is built on top of Twitter via SMS, so we need to be able to send a text to your phone before you can enroll in login verification (which may not work with some cell phone providers). However, much of the server-side engineering work required to ship this feature has cleared the way for us to deliver more account security enhancements in the future. Stay tuned.
So will you be using this feature? Will your company use this feature? Will your clients use it?
Here’s a help center link and here’s to secure tweeting!