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Twitter simplifies secure sign-in with in-app approval on iOS and Android

Gregg Keizer | Aug. 7, 2013
No more typing codes, lets tablets join secure sign-in fun

After Twitter was hacked in February, it asked a quarter-million of its customers to reset passwords. Calls for Twitter to implement two-factor authentication got louder after that.

Future breaches won't give hackers anything to work with, at least for those who have opted to switch on two-step authentication, Twitter said today. "We chose a design that is resilient to a compromise of the server-side data's confidentiality: Twitter doesn't persistently store secrets, and the private key material needed for approving login requests never leaves your phone," said Alex Smolen, a Twitter security engineer, in a post to the company's blog.

Twitter has posted more information about the new in-app authentication that includes instructions on how to set up the feature.


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