How to set up multi-factor authentication for your Twitter Account

App/system: Twitter account
Learn: How to set up multi-factor authentication
Skill level: Beginner
Read time: 3 minutes

Do you or your employees use Twitter for personal or business related activities? If yes, have you considered the security vulnerabilities this opens up for your business?

Cyber attacks are estimated to cost an average of £4200 per business. From July 2021 to July 2022, 39% of UK businesses identified a cyber attack against them. By far the most common (83%) was phishing attempts, where hackers try to access employee passwords or other log-in information.

Information above is taken from the UK Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2022.

Why is multi-factor authentication important?

Many of us still use only a basic, password based authentication to access email, Google, Microsoft and social media accounts, despite plenty of evidence that passwords are easily and regularly hacked. Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) takes moments to set up and makes it much harder for hackers to gain access.

Think of your password as the first ‘layer’ of your security. If you add a second ’layer’ this increases the work required to ‘break-in’ and hack the account. Further, this second layer may involve a fingerprint scan, another device or generating a limited-time code and is therefore much harder to steal or falsify than a password. MFA improves account security and better protects you and your organisation from anyone trying to access information they shouldn’t.

Read on for our guide to walk you through setting up MFA for your Google account.

Step by Step: Set up MFA for your Twitter Account

You can set up MFA for Twitter on either your mobile or computer and the process for setting it up differs slightly from one to the other.

Setting up MFA on your computer

You first need to open your browser, go to Twitter and login to your account. Then you can complete the following steps:

  1. Click the profile icon in the menu on the left-hand side of the screen
  2. In the menu that appears select Settings and Privacy
  3. Select Account
  4. Find and click Security
  5. Select Login Verification
  6. Hit the Start button
  7. You may be required to re-enter your password
  8. Follow the on-screen instructions to add the additional authorisations

Setting up MFA on your mobile device

Unlock your mobile device, open the Twitter app and login to your account. Then follow the steps below:

  1. In the top left of the screen select the profile icon
  2. On the menu that appears, tap Settings and privacy
  3. Select Account
  4. Then go to Security
  5. Click Login Verification
  6. Use the toggle to turn it on
  7. Follow the on-screen instructions to add the additional authorisations

Continue your cyber security journey

MFA is a critical part of securing your personal and business data, but it’s by no means the only step you need to take.

If you’re concerned about IT security for your business, get in touch with our friendly team to find out more. Call 01732 600 170 or email [email protected].


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