The Working Mechanism Of Twitter’s Two Factor Authentications

Twitter has lately been active than ever before especially when it comes to putting in place a lot of changes all targeted at improving its service delivery. This has been in a bid to counter the much criticism directed at it in line with limiting how far its users could go in developing tweets. The latest move by the Twitter is the addition of a third-party app support to its login verification feature.

But what are the benefits associated with the newest app? All the users of the platform will from now henceforth be able to receive Twitter verification code via third-party apps like Authy and Google Authenticator. This is a major development by the company since earlier on users were compelled to wait for a code delivered via SMS.

To most of the users, waiting for an SMS can be rather tedious at times. For instance consider that moment when one is travelling. It is this sort of complexity that the company is seeking to do away with. The latest move by the company is eventually going to bring the problem to a halt.

The company’s spokesperson said, “Two-factor factor or 2FA is an extra layer of security that requires not only a username and password but also a four or five-digit code delivered to the user to login to an account. It makes it harder for potential hackers or intruders to gain access and steal that user’s personal information.”

The major challenge about the SMS-based 2FA lies in the fact that it is not fully secure considering that fact that has its basis on the static codes. That implies that there is a possibility that such codes can be hacked. All a hacker or intruder needs to do is gain access to the specific codes.

The problem with those Codes generated via third-party apps is that most of them happen to be rather volatile. After a given period of time they disappear and that means hacking ones login code could be a tricky affair. Twitter disclosed that users had the freedom to disable the feature at the time of their choice.