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Twitter to Add Account Security Feature
By: Jessica Cherok
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After nearly 250,000 accounts were suspected of being compromised by ‘sophisticated’ hackers, Twitter reset the affected users’ passwords as a precautionary measure. In order to prevent hackings in the future, it appears Twitter will now opt for a two-factor authentication to better secure accounts.

According to Twitter, the hackers could have accessed “limited user information — usernames, email addresses, session tokens, and encrypted/salted versions of passwords.” While Twitter is not entirely sure the hackers did access this information, they reset the passwords just in case.

If you are one of the many who uses the same password across multiple accounts, you should probably go ahead and reset the passwords in those places too.

A two-factor authentication, or 2FA, requires the user to enter a numerical pin when accessing their accounts from a new device. The pin is sent to the user’s mobile phone, making it impossible for hackers to access an account even with the password. 2FA is already in place as an option with Facebook, Gmail, and others.

While the information that could have been accessed in Twitter’s hacking was relatively minimal, it still shows the importance of adding security beyond SSL. A 2FA as a second layer of security is worth it, although a lot of people don’t take the time to go through the extra step of adding their mobile number to their email accounts.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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