Twitter officially announced that it will only permit Twitter Blue subscribers to use text messages as a two-factor authentication option after March 20. Users who already have SMS-based 2FA activated but haven’t signed up for Twitter Blue will have 30 days to turn it off and switch to a different method
The company took to Twitter to update the users about the upcoming security change. Its tweet reads, “Effective March 20, 2023, only Twitter Blue subscribers will be able to use text messages as their two-factor authentication method. Other accounts can use an authentication app or security key for 2FA.”
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In order to log in with 2FA, you must also provide a code or security key in addition to your password. By taking this extra step, you can ensure that only you have access to your account. Twitter provides three 2FA options: security key, authentication app, and text message.
Twitter reports that while phone-number-based 2FA was once a common type of 2FA, it has sadly been utilised – and misused – by bad actors. As a result, as of right now, only Twitter Blue subscribers will be able to enrol their accounts in the text message/SMS method of 2FA on the microblogging platform. The availability of text message 2FA for Twitter Blue may vary by country and carrier.
There you go, things now will be forced if you do not purchase things. A simple thing as 2FA SMS security will only be available for people who pay. Twitter will be more vulnerable to attacks now. pic.twitter.com/BSFgVPvsrM
— Sulabh Puri (@sulabhpuri) February 18, 2023
Existing non-Twitter Blue subscribers will have 30 days to cancel this method and sign up for another. Twitter will stop allowing non-Twitter Blue subscribers to use Text messages as a 2FA option as of March 20, 2023. Accounts that still have text message 2FA enabled will have it disabled at that point. Your phone number is not automatically removed from your Twitter account when text message 2FA is disabled. Twitter is encouraging non-Twitter Blue subscribers to think about utilising an authentication app or security key method as an alternative.
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