Twitter and LinkedIn Introduce "2 Step Log-In Verification"
Posted: June 3, 2013 by Maja Johnson
After a series of hacks on several high-profile Twitter accounts like The Onion, E! Online and Associated Press, social media sites have all begun implementing two-step.
According to Jim O'Leary, part of Twitter's security team, the newest security feature that will increase users' safety is called "log-in verification". This new verification system will function like most two-factor verification systems already present on the market. Users would first log into and then Twitter would send them a distinctive code to their mobile device. LinkedIn has added a similar system to their security settings.
This second step would be crucial in preventing hackers from hacking random or popular social media accounts. Whenever users log out from their accounts and want to log back in, a new code would be sent to their phones each time. The login verification will be done through the setting page where users would enter their email and telephone number. Once the number gets confirmed, the activation will be finished.
Users have been urging social media sites to do something about increasing the safety of its users. Twitter profiles seem to be the easiest thing to hack. Besides the latest hacks last week, other profiles that were hacked over the last few months were the ones of Donald Trump, the BBC, the Financial Times and many more.