Keeps Twitter Hacker Free
One of the biggest annoyances (and threats to our business) that we face in social media marketing is hacked accounts.
They’re embarrassing at best and down right costly at worst!
A slew of high profile twitter hackings in early 2013 was enough to prompt Twitter to finally offer a 2-step login option (to go with their HTTPS option which you should also be using).
This variety of login protection relies on a second device (in this case, your mobile phone) to confirm that you are actually YOU and thus block a bad guy from logging in.
Two-step logins exist for most social media sites now (including Facebook here and Google here) and are a big part of the puzzle when it comes to protecting your accounts for trouble makers.
Twitter documents the system here.
Setting Up Twitter 2-Step Login
(Keep in mind, that, as with all 2-step logins, some additional steps will be required to connect to apps like Hootsuite once you enable 2-step verification. Details below.)
A mobile number may only be associated with a single twitter account, which can be a challenging problem for those with multiple accounts.
Only one mobile number may be associated with a twitter account which can be a challenging problem for businesses and those with professionally managed accounts.
Because an SMS message is sent with each login (unlike with Google’s system), it’s helpful to actually have an SMS/text messaging plan with your mobile provider so that you do not rack up a surprising amount of fees due to the number of SMS received.
Before you can enable login verification, you must:
Before You Start:
Before you do anything else, bookmark this link. This will come in handy the first time you have trouble with the system and/or lock yourself out!
To set up login verification:
- Go to your account settings on twitter.com and check the “Require a verification code when I sign in” box.
- When prompted, click Okay, send me a message.
- If you receive our verification message, click Yes (Note: you’ll have to enter your password).
Now, when you log in to your account on twitter.com, a six digit code will be sent via SMS to your phone. Enter the code when prompted and you’re in!
Note: If you are currently logged in to Twitter on the web or on your mobile device (including any applications), you will not be logged out of any existing sessions once login verification is enabled.
After you enable login verification on your account, you’ll need to use a temporary password to log in to Twitter on other devices and applications that require you to enter your Twitter password. For example, Hootsuite, which has confirmed that it works with 2-step login.
To use a temporary (application) password:
- Go to the Applications tab of your account settings on twitter.com.
- Click the Generate button.
- Enter your current account password and hit Generate again.
- When prompted to log in to your other device or application, enter your username and use the temporary password that you were provided.
- You’re in! The device or application will show up in your list of applications in your settings page.
Note: Temporary passwords must be used within one hour from the time they are created.
To disable login verification:
- Go to your account settings and uncheck the box to use login verification.
- Save changes (note: you’ll have to enter your password).
For these three common issues such as not receiving your code, losing your phone, or having a phone associated with a different account, click here.
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.
Whew! Looks like a lot there but fortunately it’s really easy to set up!
Be sure while you are at it that you set up Facebook 2-step login and Facebook HTTPS as well as Google 2 Step Login (which protects your Google Analytics, Webmaster Tools, Google+ and Gmail) and LinkedIn 2-Step Login.
Hope you enjoyed this security tutorial!
Got questions? Leave them in the comments below and I look forward to seeing you back here soon so be sure to bookmark the site!
~ Kim ~
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