Twitter Tightens Security Measures To Counter Account Hacking

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Twitter announced on Wednesday that they will start implementing new security measures to counter hacking following several high-profile breaching in the past few months.

The popular messaging service said that they are going to implement a new verification method when a user signs in, which was specified as a form of two-factor authentication. The new measure will be implemented to make sure that the owner of the account is really the one who is trying to log-in.

According to a recent post on their official blog, Twitter said that users will be asked to register a verified phone number and confirm their email address. This is where a verification code will be sent for each sign-in.

Jim O’Leary of Twitter Product Security said: “You’ll need a confirmed e-mail address and a verified phone number. After a quick test to confirm that your phone can receive messages from Twitter, you’re ready to go.”

But despite this new security measure, Twitter is still urging its millions of users to use a complicated and strong password to avoid hacking.

O’Leary said: “Of course, even with this new security option turned on, it’s still important for you to use a strong password and follow the rest of our advice for keeping your account secure.”

This development was triggered by the recent high-profile hacking of Twitter accounts of known entities such as Agence France-Presse, Financial Times, the Associated Press, and other well-known news organizations.

A month ago, the AP Twitter account was breached and was used to post a false report suggesting the US President Barack Obama was injured following two blasts at the White House.

The security measures of Twitter have been under the water for the past few months due to the hacking incidents, including a large-scale cyber attack wherein more than 250,000 passwords were stolen.

Via: Twitter Blog