Twitter’s SMS security option comes at a cost for users

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Key points:

  • Twitter has announced that it will charge users for an important account security feature. 
  • The social media company announced that only Twitter Blue subscribers will be able to use SMS for two-factor authentication.
  • These changes will be implemented from March 20. 

Following Elon Musk’s recent acquisition of Twitter, the social media platform has remained in the headlines, with its latest news being the introduction of a paid security feature. Twitter users were greeted with a pop-up message that suggested that they would have to pay to get the SMS security feature. Users were presented with a pop-up message that informed them that the SMS security feature would now be available only to Twitter Blue subscribers. These changes will be implemented from March 20. 

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Twitter’s two-factor authentication – here’s what you need to know

Twitter users have received a pop-up message notifying them that they must subscribe to Twitter Blue to continue using text message two-factor authentication to secure their accounts.  The message also warns that starting on March 19, non-subscribers who have not disabled this security measure will lose access to their accounts.

Why is Twitter making these changes?

In a recent blog post, Twitter acknowledged that SMS-based security has been a popular choice among users, but also revealed that it has been misused by malicious actors. However, Twitter did not provide specific details on how the security method was being exploited.

Since taking over Twitter in October of last year, Elon Musk has introduced a number of changes aimed at increasing profits and making the platform more sustainable. One such change is the launch of Twitter Blue, which allows users to pay for features including the coveted blue tick verification badge that was previously reserved for journalists, celebrities, and public figures.

The blog also encouraged users to consider using alternative account security measures, such as an authentication app or security key, if they choose not to subscribe to Twitter Blue. These security methods are designed to enhance the protection of your account and require physical possession of the authentication method, providing an extra layer of security to prevent unauthorized access.

How can users secure their Twitter accounts?

In addition to using a password, enabling an authentication app or security key can significantly increase the security of your online accounts, including your Twitter account. Using a security key involves entering a series of random digits generated by a small, portable device when prompted during the login process. Similarly, an authentication app generates one-time codes on your smartphone instead of a physical device.

To set up an authentication app to protect your Twitter account, you will need to download one of the many free apps available on the Apple or Android app stores, such as Google or Microsoft Authenticator, Authy, Duo Mobile, or 1Password. By using one of these apps, you can ensure that your Twitter account remains secure and protected against unauthorized access.

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Karandeep is a technical content writer based out of Pune, a city in India that is also known as the Oxford of the East. His journey with writing started in 2014 when he decided to try his luck in a gaming startup as a Content Developer. Since then, he has written on a wide range of topics within the gaming and the tech space. Apart from his love for gaming, Karandeep is keeping tabs on the hottest trends in the tech industry. After completing his Bachelors in Business Administration (BBA) from Symbiosis International University, Pune, he worked as an intern in an NGO that focused on urban development.
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