Twitter introduces SMS 2FA!

Like many others, I received an interesting email from Twitter today:

Hi Adrian Bole (Age),
We’ve been busy at work to make Twitter even more fun, useful, and secure. In just the last month or two, we’ve introduced:

  • Vine for Android: Vine is the best way to see and share life in motion. Create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way for your friends and family to see. Now available on Google Play (and available for iPhone in the App Store).
  • Windows Phone and BlackBerry app updates: Take advantage of the latest Twitter features and functionality wherever you go. Find these apps on our mobile downloads page.
  • Login verification: Add a second check in the login process to make sure it’s really you. Add and confirm a phone number and email address with your account to start taking advantage of this additional security.

Bold added to highlight the part I really care about! I’ve just enabled this and will let you know how it works out. The instructions to enable 2FA at login are located here:

It will be interesting to see how many other social media and sharing sites introduce something similar. Hopefully one day we can do away with passwords all together. How cool would it be when you logon to twitter, it sends a push message to your phone, opening your authenticator app which you don’t have to touch, which validates that its you. The risk based (or adaptive access) engine watching every login then also correlates that logon with your previous logon history and computer profile, and bang, you’re seamlessly in.

Ahhh, the future. Please come sooner.

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