How to activate 2-factor authentication on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram


There is hardly any human being on earth these days who doesn’t have a social media account. Such is a popularity of the social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.

Despite the truth that all these accounts are safe to use, there is a high probability in this existing cyber landscape that hackers can still find their way into your accounts. Thus, it becomes extremely important to take advantage of any extra security feature made available to you.

Two-way factor authentications can prove helpful in such scenarios by all means. Where you just typically need to provide your phone number to the service provider who sends a “One time password” called OTP for login.

Obviously, this simple step needs a bit of effort to set it up. Here’s an article which educates you on how to enable a 2-factor authentication on worlds 6 most popular social media accounts.

Facebook- Just log in to your account, go to ‘settings’, go to ‘security and login’ section, go down to setting up ‘extra security’ and then click ‘Use Two-factor Authentication’. Punch in your mobile number and start enjoying the benefits of the extra security layer.

Google- Just go to the ‘Google two factor authentication page’ and log in to your respective account. Just click on ‘get started’ tab and add your mobile phone after entering your country name and start enjoying the benefits. The best part is that you can enable the same 2-factor authentication to access Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive and other services such as Google Docs.

LinkedIn- The best part of this professional networking website is that it regular shows pop-ups on the homepage regarding your security settings and what could be done to improve. Also, you can click on the Me tab which is at the right side of the web browser, locate settings & privacy feature in the drop-down menu and then click on Privacy and scroll down to the security section, to enable 2-step verification. Just add your phone number and enter the country name and start enjoying the benefits.

Instagram- Just log in to your Instagram Mobile app, go to ‘profile picture’ and then navigate to the ‘gear’ icon to access ‘settings’ page. You will find two-factor authentication under the ‘Accounts Option’. Just input the security code and then start receiving an OTP on your mobile phone. But remember, Instagram OTPs can get charged by your mobile operator.

Snapchat- Login to the service, tap the ‘Ghost Icon’ and go to the gear icon to access the settings page. Now, under ‘My Account’ tab, input your mobile number and start receiving OTP as the verification code.

Twitter- On the twitter accounts page, as soon as you log in, go to the settings tab and locate the security section. When you get into that section add your phone number in the relevant tab and start enjoying the benefits. The procedure is almost the same for those login into the twitter app on mobile.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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