If you’re reading this post, are not subscribed to Twitter Blue, and your Twitter SMS 2FA is still working – you probably haven’t updated your Twitter app yet.
What is happening to Twitter’s SMS-based 2FA?
On February 17, Twitter announced that it would discontinue SMS Two Factor Authentication for anyone who doesn’t subscribe to Twitter Blue, the $44b website’s $8/mo (or more!) enhanced verification scheme.
According to their blog post, this was done because we were not being responsible enough with our 2FA via SMS:
“While historically a popular form of 2FA, unfortunately we have seen phone-number based 2FA be used – and abused – by bad actors. So starting today, we will no longer allow accounts to enroll in the text message/SMS method of 2FA unless they are Twitter Blue subscribers.”Twitter
“Chief Twit”, Elon Musk, doubled down claiming that this move is a purely fiscal choice, simply another brilliant chess move in the platform’s endless march toward efficiency:
What is Twitter Blue?
As we mentioned back when it launched, Twitter Blue gives users access to a suite of features, including editable tweets, algorithmic preference in replies and on the “For You” timeline, and other vague promises that haven’t yet borne fruit.
This change marks one of the most major updates for Twitter Blue users in months.
What To Do To Still Keep Your Twitter Account Secure?
If you (like me and an overwhelming majority of Twitter users) do not want to subscribe to Twitter Blue, you can still use third party 2FA apps.
For now, third-party 2FA apps can still be used with Twitter, but it’s unclear if recent changes to Twitter’s API access will impact this.
What Are Some Good Third-Party 2FA Apps?
There are a lot of really great apps for managing the security of your digital mobile ecosystem – it depends on the level of security you need and your own appetite for learning new user experiences.
I would recommend having a look at the ones listed below to secure your Twitter account:
Any of these apps would be more secure than Twitter’s old SMS-based 2FA scheme, and it could save you $8/month.
If you have 2FA on your Twitter account and have not made this change yet, we would recommend doing it immediately to avoid any issues with login going forward.