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Twitter recently announced that starting March 20, users who haven't signed up for the premium Twitter Blue service will no longer be able to activate two-step verification via text message.
Until now, a surfer who asked to change a password or log into his account from a new device, would receive a verification code from the application in a text message.
From that date, this option will no longer exist and those who want to protect their account should now configure the use of an external verification application for this purpose.
The main concern now is that other social networks, like Meta for example, will require payment from users to secure the account.
"The problem is that few users are aware of these options and most of them also do not like to deal with the technical aspects of setting up two-step verification - despite this, awareness is important because it is about the privacy and safety of each and every one of the users," explains Idan Ring, VP of Community and Membership at the Internet Association the Israeli
The Israeli Internet Association is currently publishing a comprehensive guide in which they recommend surfers to use external applications from Google and Microsoft which will constitute two-step verification and which can replace the SMS message.
The union points out that despite a number of shortcomings that those apps have - they are free and provide an additional layer of protection, so it is recommended to use them.
Two-step verification is a security feature that adds an extra layer of protection to your online accounts and digital assets, making it harder for attackers and hackers to gain access to your sensitive information on networks.
While using text messages is the traditional way to set up two-step verification, third-
party applications (apps) like Google Authenticator and Microsoft Authenticator are becoming more and more popular and offer some important advantages, and can be a great replacement for Twitter's requirement
You can find the full guide in the link.
As you may remember, about a month ago Twitter announced that Twitter Blue subscribers in the US can post tweets without the usual 280 character limit, and up to 4000 characters per single tweet. Twitter is aware that people still don't want to see scrolls of 4,000 characters in the feed, so most of the tweet will be hidden behind " Read more," with only the first 280 characters displayed normally, it's unclear whether the new option will entice Facebook users or free-lance competitor Stoddon to return home to the bluebird.