MICROBLOGGING WEBSITE Twitter has rolled out improved login verification for its iOS and Android apps that allows users to approve login requests directly from mobile devices.
The update means that now, in addition to the SMS based login verification that Twitter released in May, you can use login verification without relying on text messages.
The update brings some other major changes. The first includes the removal of a required phone number to use login verification. This means that if you manage multiple Twitter accounts but have only one phone number, you can now opt all of them into login verification.
Another feature added within the update is "broader international support" so users need only an internet connection and the app to enrol in login verification.
To activate the new security feature, you'll need to open Settings from the Me tab in the Twitter app, then tap Security and "turn on Login verification".
You'll then be given a generated backup code, which you'll need to access your account when you don't have your phone.
"After you enroll in login verification, you'll use the Twitter application to approve requests each time you sign in to twitter.com with your username and password," Twitter explained in a blog post. "You can manage login requests and access your backup codes on Twitter for iOS and Twitter for Android."
As part of the login verification update, Twitter added a couple of other features, including one that was introduced on the desktop version of the website a couple of weeks ago. It adds a search menu with suggestions as you type your query, including social context, so you can see how you're connected to other users.
"We're also adding a new photo gallery in search," Twitter said. "Before, when photos were returned in search results, you could swipe through thumbnails and select photos to view full-screen. Now, you can select a new 'View more photos' option that will lead you to a photo gallery of all the photos related to that search."
Twitter last updated its login process in May, offering two-factor authentication for users across its social network.
Following in the footsteps of Facebook, which rolled out a similar login verification scheme a while ago, Twitter rolled out the optional feature so that users could enter a six-digit code to their phone via SMS each time they sign in. µ
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