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Twitter two-factor authentication: goodbye phone number

In order to use the two-factor system, you need to use an app

For two-factor authentication of Twitter no longer need the phone number. Twitter is finally implementing the support that will make this change possible. The same company stated that "it is working to improve" his addiction from phone numbers from September, and now two-factor authentication options have improved.

In 2017, Twitter had added support for the use of code-generating applications for two-factor authentication. But until now users they still had to add a phone number to your Twitter account as an authentication method.

Twitter two-factor authentication without phone number

two-factor authentication of Twitter

Now Twitter is implementing the possibility of account protection with two-factor authentication, without providing a phone number.This means that you can use a mobile security app, such as Authy or Google Authenticator, to generate two-factor authentication codes, without providing Twitter with a phone number of any kind.

Implementation for not yet perfect with security keys. Difattise is used a security key like Yubikey, however it is necessary to have a second authentication method such as SMS or a two-factor application. This is because security keys are not supported outside the web version of Twitter.

Currently it is necessary to have a second method together with the security keys since the latter is not currently supported outside the Web. If you want to disable the sms, you must also have a mobile security app. We know that this may not be the ideal but we will continue to work on it!

Here's how to set up two-factor Twitter authentication on your web account:

  1. Click on the three points in the sidebar on Twitter.com
  2. Click on "Settings and privacy"
  3. Click on "Account"
  4. Click on "Security"
  5. Click on "Two-factor authentication"

Now you can choose between text message options, authentication app and security key for two factors how to remove your phone number from your Twitter profile:

  1. Click on the three points in the sidebar on Twitter.com
  2. Click on "Settings and privacy"
  3. Click on "Account"
  4. Click on "Security"
  5. Click on "Phone"
  6. Click on "Delete phone number"

The use of a security key or a two-factor authentication app is inherently more secure than SMS due of the growing prevalence of SIM tradingAlso, last month, Twitter revealed that it "involuntarily" used two-factor phone numbersfor advertising targeting.