How to Set Up Twitter Login Notifications for Added Security

How to Set Up Twitter Login Notifications for Added SecurityTwitter, like many other social networks, has been the target of hackers.

There have been countless stories of security breaches where hackers have gained access to social media sites.

To strengthen the security of your Twitter account, you may like to strongly consider setting up Twitter login notifications if you haven’t done so yet.

Setting up login notifications will require that you add your mobile phone number to your Twitter account. It will only a few minutes to give you a two step verification system with your account password as the first step and the login notifications as the second step.

Why You Should Enable Up Twitter Login Notifications

The simple answer to why you should set up Twitter login notifications is for an extra layer of security. By enabling login notifications, you will receive a text message with a code if any unauthorized user attempts to log into your account without your knowledge or consent. The benefit of having this added protection will give you the peace of mind that no one can log into your Twitter account except you.

7 Steps to Enable Twitter Login Notifications – Graphical Tutorial

The following steps will assume that you are logged into your Twitter account. Simply follow the steps to ensure the extra security of your account.

If you have already associated a mobile phone number with your Twitter account, please skip to step 4.

Step One

If you do not have a mobile phone number associated with your account, go to the Twitter device page at: https://twitter.com/settings/devices and enter your mobile phone number. You may also locate this page by navigating from your Settings page to the Mobile link under Account in the left hand column.

Step 1: How to Set Up Twitter Login Notifications

Step Two

Twitter will text you the Twitter verification code. Enter this code in the Settings page.

Step 2: How to Set Up Twitter Login Notifications

Step 3

A message will appear on the page that “Your phone is activated!” You will receive a text message from Twitter verifying that your phone has been activated as well as an email notification.

Step 3: How to Set Up Twitter Login Notifications

Step 4

While logged into your Twitter account, go to your Security and privacy page or select: https://twitter.com/settings/security. Locate the “Login Verification” section and check the radio button next to “Send login verification requests to + (your cell phone number).” *Editors note: This step’s URL and graphic have been updated to reflect Twitter’s dedicated “Security and privacy” section.

Step 4: How to Set Up Twitter Login Notifications

Step 5

You will next see a pop up message to verify that your phone can receive text messages. Click the button, “Okay, send me a message” and Twitter will send your phone a test text message.

Step 5: How to Set Up Twitter Login Notifications

Step 6

The next prompt will ask you to if you received the text message on your phone. Click yes if you received the text message, “Twitter can send verification codes to this device!”

Step 6: How to Set Up Twitter Login Notifications

Step 7

The final step is the re-enter your Twitter password and save the account settings. After you hit the “Save changes” button, you will return to your Account settings page and a message will appear, Thanks, your settings have been saved.”

Step 7: How to Set Up Twitter Login Notifications

The Verification Login Prompt

The next time you visit and login to Twitter from an unrecognized device, you will receive a text message with a code to enter on Twitter.

Step 8: How to Set Up Twitter Login Notifications

For more information about using Twitter’s login verification, please visit Twitter’s help center.

Conclusion

Enabling Twitter login notifications will add a second security layer so that you can be sure that no authorized logins take place on your Twitter account. The added benefits of knowing that you are in control of who logs in by receiving a text message that prompts you to enter a code – or the keys to the kingdom – is definitely worth the few minutes it takes to set it up and peace of mind.

Fascinated with the growing potential and power of the Internet, Robin founded R & R Web Design LLC in the Chicago area in 2000. As creative director, she is passionate about helping others reach their Internet objectives through a strategic online presence with results driven custom web design, ethical SEO, and social media marketing.

This article was published on: August 21, 2013 and was last modified May 23, 2017
18 comments on “How to Set Up Twitter Login Notifications for Added Security
  1. Veronica Solorzano Athanasiou says:

    Fantastic post Robin. Beautifully made – as all you do and very clear. I will follow these and share with my audience so they can benefit from it too.

    Many thanks,

    Veronica

  2. Tonya Sheridan says:

    Great step by step instructions Robin! I have mine already set up but this is so important to share. Just a simple process that will prevent a lot of headaches.

    ~ Tonya

    • I’m glad to hear that you have had your verified login set up, Tonya. I appreciate you sharing this. You are absolutely right. The few simple steps will help the possibility being hacked.

  3. Lorii Abela says:

    This is a very valuable information. It is the first time I heard hackers are also into it. Well, I guess they found twitter as additional game to mess up with.

  4. Solvita says:

    I never considered this before and your post made me really think! Thank you so much for sharing…. I’m going to add this twitter extra security right now. Love your tips, Robin!!!

  5. Caroline says:

    Hey Robin – we don’t use Twitter so much but I love how you have taken us through the process step by step and made this very clear. We like your style! 🙂

    • Caroline, thank you! After the recent security breaches that some Twitter accounts suffered, I thought it would be a great idea to share a tutorial on how to set up the 2-step process for verification. It may be an extra step, but it is well worth it to make sure that no authorized person accesses our accounts.

  6. Rachel says:

    Hmm, great idea, but it doesn’t seem to work for my country (the Netherlands) and carrier (Vodafone). Is there some other way to know if I’m being hacked?

    Regards,
    Rachel

    • Rachel, I’m sorry to hear that this 2-step Twitter verification does not appear to be working/available in the Netherlands. I also heard from a friend in Cyprus that it was unavailable there as well. I am not sure why Twitter has not rolled this feature out globally. I will do some research and see what I can find out.

  7. Delia @ Blog Formatting says:

    Great step-by-step tutorial, Robin! So glad you took all screenshots while setting it up so you can share the instructions!
    I tend to set things up quickly and forget to record the steps, and then I say to myself: hmm this would have been good as a video or blog post, why did I not think of it, LOL!

    • You are very welcome, Delia. I had set up the 2-step verification when it first rolled out. When the recent hacking took place, I thought it would be a great idea to share the steps so others could be sure that they were taking advantage of this extra layer of security. I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Thank you!

  8. Salma says:

    Thanks for the step-by-step, you can never be to cautious!

  9. Jules says:

    I find it extremely irritating that Twitter sends me an email every single time I log onto the site, and there is no way to turn this “feature” off. Yes, I understand the need for security, but I don’t need these notifications cluttering up my inbox. IS there any way to stop them?

    • Hi Jules,
      I understand. To change your email preferences:

      1. Log in to Twitter.
      2. Click the profile icon and select Settings from the drop down menu.
      3. Click on Email notifications from the settings sidebar.
      4. Check or un-check the notification boxes to reflect your email preferences – or turn them all off completely.
      5. Click the “Save changes” button.

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