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Twitter to move two-factor authentication via text message to Twitter Blue subscription

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Starting March 20, 2023, two-factor authentication via text messages will only be available to Twitter Blue subscribers, the social media network announced yesterday.

Two-factor authentication (2FA) adds a second layer of protection to your account, wherein you are asked to enter a security code after you enter your password.

In a blog post, Twitter said “phone-number based 2FA be used and abused by bad actors.” Starting February 18, the social network will no longer allow accounts to enroll in the text message/SMS method of 2FA unless they are Twitter Blue subscribers.

However, the other methods for 2FA are still available. Users can still use an Authentication app or Security key as a 2FA method.

Non-Twitter Blue subscribers have 30 days to disable text messages as a 2FA method and enroll in another method to secure their accounts. After 20 March 2023, free Twitter subscribers can no longer use text messages as a 2FA method.

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We highly recommend Twitter users activate 2FA. Using the authentication app Google Authenticator is a good way to secure your accounts.

Bryan is a geek at heart and a tech enthusiast by choice. He has a strong background in corporate communications, marketing services, and customer relations having worked in the telecommunications and banking sectors for over two decades. In his spare time, he enjoys watching clips on YouTube and binge watching shows on Netflix.

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