Twitter allows 2-factor authentication without a Phone Number


After witnessing a Sim Swapping saga with CEO Jack Dorsey, Twitter has made it official that from now on its users can enable two-factor authentication without the need for a phone number.

Kayvon Beykpour, a product lead on Twitter has confirmed the news and said that the new security feature will enable the users to secure their account without the need to give a phone number and inbound SMS. He added that the micro-blogging website took these measures after twitter hackers managed to hijack the phone number of Dorsey in Twitter hack 2019 with SIM Swapping or SIM Jacking feature where a mobile phone number is cloned to a new SIM Card.

Technically speaking, Two Factor authentication adds an extra security layer to user accounts as they have to input a 4-6 digit number to gain authentication for valid login.

Now comes the big question- how to activate the 2FA without the need for a phone number- Just visit the Account section on the website and then select the Account tabs section and click on security. Next go to the 2-Factor authentication where you will see 3 different options such as Text Message, Authentication App and Security Key. There the user can select the ‘Authentication App’ after which a QR code will be generated to create your 2FA code. After the QR code gets scanned, enter the 6-digit number displayed on the app and that’s will secure your twitter account without the need of a phone number and 2FA.

Naveen Goud
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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