Twitter Lets Users Reset Passwords Using SMS and Improves Ways To Block Cyber-Criminals.
Twitter has enabled a Password Reset using SMS (Text Messaging) and has provided notifications and ways to block suspicious logins.
Leading micro-blogging and social media site Twitter is coming out with some new cool features, that many hope will bring back users who seem to have deserted the tool for other social networking apps.
These features will primarily involve security and protection of Twitter accounts, in a more secure but convenient way.
If a user forgets the password of his or her account, all the Twitter user needs to do is to reset his or her password using SMS. This may seem a bit too easy at first glance, but Twitter is implementing a two step authentication process, if a user decides to reset his or her password using SMS.
This authentication system will also make it harder for cyber-criminals to try and gain control of your Twitter account.
In a blogpost by Twitter, it announced that ? The new process lets you choose the email address or phone number associated with your account where you’d like us to send your reset information. That way, whether you’ve recently changed your phone number, or are traveling with limited access to your devices, or had an old email address connected to your Twitter account, you’ve got options.?
This new feature allows Twitter users to implement password resets with their phone’s SMS service, after they have registered their mobile number with their Twitter account.
To reset your Twitter password all you need to do is follow these steps:
1. Go to the ?Forgot Password? page.
2. Enter your mobile number or username.
3. Twitter will send you a 6 digit code.
4. Enter the code on the web page. Note that the 6 digit code will only be valid for 15 minutes.
5. The page will then ask you to provide a new password for your Twitter account.
This new SMS based password reset feature is similar to the one that Google has implemented in its Gmail service for the past 4 years, and it seems to have been fine tuned for trouble-free use. However, Twitter advises that in case the user does not receive a 6 digit code, they should consult the page on ?SMS troubleshooting? or use the ?email ? password reset option instead.
Another new feature Twitter came out with is a better user process in identifying logins to prevent cyber-criminals in hacking into your account.
The system, also similar to the one used by Google, utilizes ?behavioral analysis? in flagging suspicious login activity, to prevent cyber-attacks, by individuals or what analysts call ?state-sponsored? hacking of accounts.
It has been noted by internet security experts that many users use the same password for multiple accounts, so if a password has been stolen, hackers usually try to use the same password for other social networking sites and internet services.
What the ?behavioral analysis? system does is to analyze the login behavior of the legitimate user, in terms of login history, devices used, and location. With these data, the system can identify unusual ?suspicious? login attempts and will ask for simple verification questions.
Mollie Vandor, Twitter product manager, said in a blogpost that ? ?If we identify a login attempt as suspicious, we?ll ask you a simple question about your account ? something that only you know ? to verify that your account is secure before granting access…We?ll also send you an email to let you know that we’ve detected unusual activity so you can update your password if need be.?
Taking advantage of the growing use of mobile devices for internet services, Twitter also said that it has made it easier for Android and iOS Twitter apps to reset passwords that are lost, as well as provided suggestions on how users can better protect their Twitter accounts.
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