Edited by: Sharya Sharma
Last updated: February 18, 2023, 11:14 AM IST
Today, two-factor authentication (2FA) is a critical security measure for most websites. Social media giants like Twitter and Instagram have been implementing this feature for a while now. However, Elon Musk’s Twitter account is reportedly changing its policy and no longer offering the SMS/SMS method of the service to non-paying users.
In a official blog post, Twitter announced it will no longer allow Twitter accounts to enroll in 2FA’s SMS/SMS method unless they are Twitter Blue subscribers. The reason behind this decision, according to Twitter, is the exploitation of this feature by bad actors.
Twitter says non-Twitter Blue subscribers who are already enrolled and have used text-based 2FA “have 30 days to disable this method and enroll in another.” And “after March 20, 2023, we will no longer allow non-Twitter Blue subscribers to use text messages as a 2FA method.”
Until now, Twitter offered three methods of two-factor authentication: text-based login, security key, and authenticator app for all Twitter users, but as of now, Twitter only offers 2FA using authenticator app or security key method.
“We encourage non-Twitter Blue subscribers to use an authenticator app or security key method instead. These methods require you to have physical possession of the authentication method and are a great way to make sure your account is secure,” Twitter said.
This decision was not well received by many people, and many criticized Elon Musk for it.
Wow, @Elon Musk is so desperate for cash that he literally jeopardizes the safety of people’s accounts unless they pay him. That’s a real mess and a new low even for him that I never thought I’d say since he’s already scraping the ground. Wow, just wow! ♂️ pic.twitter.com/HEb8Se1B5M
— Barnacules Nerdgasm™️ (@Barnacules) February 18, 2023
“It will be the first site I know of that will charge for 2FA,” said one user. Another user said, “Holy crap, Twitter actually did this. I’ve worked with high-profile journalists who had their accounts hacked, but yeah, let’s make people pay for 2FA.”
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