Twitter double authentication and security via SMS

A few months ago, I posted two tutorials about login approvals via SMS on Facebook and two-step verification on Google.

In this walk through, you will find the steps required to do the same on Twitter. Once these steps are performed, a secret numeric code will be sent to your phone by text message (SMS) every time you or someone else tries to log in to your Twitter account. This code will be required with your password to authenticate you and allow you to log in and access your account.

1- Login to your Twitter Account

2- Go to Settings


3- Click on security and privacy on the menu (left). If you already have a phone linked to your account, skip to step 5. Otherwise, you should see an “add phone” link:


4- Click on add a phone and type your phone number. You should receive a code by sms to verify your phone number.


5- Once you have linked your phone number to your Twitter profile, check “send login verification requests to #your phone number#”. Note that you can also choose to send verification codes to your phone via the Twitter app (rather than by text messages / sms) if it’s already installed on your phone.



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Protecting your Facebook account with Login Approvals – Easy Steps

To protect your Facebook account from hackers, you can set it up to send notifications on failed login attempts and require double checks via sms when you use new devices to access your account.

Here are the steps:

Step 1: To receive notification on failed attempts, from your personal laptop or desktop, go to your timeline, click on the small arrow in the menu, then “settings”, “security”. In “Login Notifications”, request a “text message push notification” and/or an “email” and click “save changes”.


Step 2: Click on “Login Approvals”, then “Require a security code…”. A new window will open, click on “Get Started”.


Step 3: Click on “Continue”


Step 4: Make sure your number is correct or change it. Get the code from your text message and “Continue”


Step 5: Re-enter your password and “submit”


Step 6: check the “No thanks” box, click on Close.


Step 7: From the left menu, reopen “Security” and “Login Approvals”. Make sure the “require a security code…” is checked. Otherwise, check it and “Save Changes”.


Step 8 (optional): In “Security”, “Login Approvals”, click on “Get codes”



Step 9: Enter your password. Remember at least one code if you happen to be somewhere where you don’t have access to your phone.


For more information about this feature, click here.


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Use Two-Steps Authentication with Google – Easy Steps

Two-Step Verification (Authentication) with Google adds an additional layer of security to your Google account significantly preventing hacking attempts. The process is quite simple: an SMS with a code will be sent to you once per computer or phone. Once you enter the code, the computer (or phone) will be trusted forever.

It is highly recommended that you follow the below steps using your personal computer, not a public computer (library, university, etc.)

This is how you do it:

step 1: Open Gmail, select “Account”, make sure you have a phone number linked to your account and verify it if needed

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Step 2: Click on “Security” in the upper menu, then “Get Started” under “Secure your account”





Step 3: Click on “Start setup” under “2-step verification”


Step 4: Verify your phone number (again) by clicking on “Send code”



Step 5: If this is your personal computer, make sure “Trust this computer” is checked. You will no longer have to verify this computer.





Step 6: Confirm you want to Turn on 2-step verification


Step 7: If you use Google Apps on your iPhone or a Mac, you will probably need to go through the below process. Skip this step for now.10 11

Step 8: It is advisable to print out additional verification codes and remembering at least one of them, just in case you need to access your account and don’t have access to your SMS and need to access your email from a public computer (very unusual situation but s… happens). Note that Google also offers an App you can use for authentication (“switch to app” option). To get backup codes, click on “print or download codes”.

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Step 9: You’re done. You can double-check by clicking “Registered computers” and making sure “this computer is registered”. 14

Step 10: Open your mobile phone and access Gmail from your phone browser. Get the code from the new SMS or use one of your backup codes and you’re done.

For additional help using Google 2-step verification, follow this link.




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Phishing LinkedIn Invitations

New phishing email mimicking LinkedIn’s new invitation to connect. The best prevention is hovering the links in Outlook or other mail clients to make sure the URL points to LinkedIn or delete these emails and access your LinkedIn’s account to check for invitations and messages.


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