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Twitter disables SMS MFA for non-paid subscribers. What do you need to know?


As one of the most widely used social media platforms in the world, Twitter has always been known for its commitment to user security. In recent years, the company has made significant strides in implementing multi-factor authentication (MFA) as a way to help users protect their accounts from unauthorized access. However, due to abuse of the SMS (text message based) based version of MFA, Twitter has decided to disable this functionality for non-paid subscribers from March 20th 2023.

Twitter Alert to Remove MFA
Twitter Alert to Remove MFA

For those who are not aware, MFA is a security feature that requires users to provide two or more forms of authentication in order to access their accounts. This typically involves something the user knows (like a password) and something the user has (like a fingerprint or a security token). By requiring multiple forms of authentication, MFA provides an extra layer of protection against cybercriminals and hackers who may try to gain unauthorized access to a user’s account.

There’s no question that MFA is a crucial security feature that should be available to all users of online apps and platforms. Twitter maintains that other methods of MFA are still available and any non-paid subscribers who previously only had SMS MFA enabled should enable MFA via Authenticator App or using a secure key. These methods require you to have physical possession of the authentication method and are a great way to ensure your account is secure.

Follow this link by Twitter on how to configure MFA using an Authenticator App.



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