26 February 2021
Twitter has announced that the support for physical hardware key for advanced security is now added across its Android and iOS apps. The physical keys help you activate two-factor authentication (2FA) and protect your online accounts.
Twitter allowed hardware 2FA keys on the desktop for some time now, but the support for the mobile apps is coming just now.
Protecting your account on all of your devices is important. We’ve updated two-factor authentication so you can now log in with your physical security key on Android and iOS, like on desktop. More on how to set up this added security for your account: https://t.co/c7hff75zQd— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) December 2, 2020
Physical keys let you log in to your accounts securely. This method surely offers a better way to login in over other conventional and more vulnerable methods. Hardware-based 2FA levels up the game of securing your valuable online accounts. Not everyone uses physical keys for logging into their accounts but those who do will find this new support really helpful.
It is not unknown that Twitter had gone through some serious threats in the past, with an attack even compromised the account of the CEO Jack Dorsey. So, adding a more robust method of login will be really helpful.
Those who have the physical keys with them can set this up for their Twitter account. Open Twitter and visit Settings and Privacy > Security > Two-factor authentication > Security Key. You can disable the 2FA later if you do not wish to continue using it in the future.
Also, those who do not have any hardware security key yet can now grab it. Yubico, one of the leaders in hardware 2FA keys is offering a $10 discount on their hardware 2FA solution Yubikey. You can use the code ‘TWITTER10’ during checkout to avail the discount.
Here's a guide from Twitter on how to use 2FA.