Twitter to Soon Allow Use of Security Keys as the Only Two-Factor Authentication


Twitter announced that it is planning to enable two-factor authentication to secure users’ accounts by only using security keys to log in. Currently, a user can only log in to Twitter using their security but will need to have a third party two-factor authentication to be set up as a backup. Twitter has only announced that it is planning to implement this security measure but hasn’t shared any information on when it will actually implement this for users on its social media website.

In a recent tweet, the social media platform announced its future plan of action to help better secure their users accounts. Twitter’s plan to use security keys – physical keys that are connected to a PC using USB or Bluetooth – will reduce users typing in their passwords that can be detected by malicious software. The benefit of using physical security keys is that it will allow users to refrain from sharing more personal information with Twitter that is required for logging in. The user connects the security key to their PC, when the browser issues a challenge for logging in, the security cryptographically authenticates your account and helps you log in.

Twitter also announced that it will also allow a single user to use multiple security keys. Until now, users were restricted to using a single security key. Earlier in December, Twitter announced the support for security keys for two-factor authentication enabled accounts for its mobile app users. The exact timeline has not been shared by Twitter detailing the implementation of these security features.

In other Twitter-related news, Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, announced that he will auction off the first-ever tweet. “just setting up my twttr” was the first post to be tweeted in March 2006 and the proceeds from the auction will be converted into bitcoin for charity purposes.

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