2-factor authentication and twitterApril 12th, 2014 by Jeanne Boyarsky
I’ve had two factor for gmail enabled for two years. This morning, I set up two factor for github and some others due to Heartbleed (check if sites you use are affected), Then there was Twitter. After the other sites being straightforward, I expected the same from Twitter. Twitter did not deliver. I had to turn off two factor. I’m left with secure my password and hope I notice if someone logs into my account. (I think my friends would tell me about bad direct messages)
How to enable on a mobile device
- Install the official twitter app on my iPad
- Follow the menus described here
- Write down the backup code
- I logged off in a browser and re-logged in.
- Then I went to the twitter app and approved my login under settings.
And if it ended here, all would be fine.
Adding a phone number
I thought about adding a phone number as another option. Don’t bother. They are mutually exclusive.
Apparently they are mutually exclusive. I cancelled the phone number sign up process part way through due to usability issues. (Twitter wants you to text GO to 40404. I don’t know how to do that on my BlackBerry. I know how to reply to texts and text real numbers. And I don’t want to lookup how to do it since I likely never will again.)
Anyway, when I clicked cancel on the process, it had already turned off my iPad option so I had to set it up again. Grumble.
The BlackBerry app
Once I had two factor turned on, I was no longer able to logon to Twitter using the BlackBerry app. A quick search online says I’m not the only one with this problem and the BlackBerry app just plain doesn’t support it. Which means I can’t use two factor for Twitter.