Twitter restricts 2FA to paid subscribers: here are free alternatives

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Starting today, Twitter will limit access to text-based two-factor authentication (2FA) to those with an active Twitter Blue subscription. Non-subscribers will no longer be able to use this security feature for free. 2FA provides an additional layer of security against online threats by requiring users to input a password and an additional code/security key. But there are alternative ways to secure your account without paying for Twitter Blue.

Why Twitter 2FA is important and what are the benefits

2FA is an essential tool to safeguard your online presence from potential hacking attempts. Twitter Blue offers 2FA as part of its subscription, along with other perks such as verified checkmarks, longer tweets, and tweet editing. However, if you prefer not to pay for Twitter Blue, you can still secure your account by using an authentication app.

How to set up Twitter 2FA with an authentication app

Here’s how to set up 2FA with an authentication app:

1. Open Twitter

2. Head to Security and Account Access

3. Choose Two-Factor Authentication.

4. Choose your preferred 2FA method (Authentication app)

5. Download an authentication app of your choice (e.g., Google Authentication app)

6. Link the authentication app to Twitter

7. You’re done!

Note that there is a third way to secure your account, Security Key, but this method requires purchasing a physical security key. For those who want added security without extra cost, the authenticator app is the best option.

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