Twitter, 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.
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.
Twitter will text you the Twitter verification code. Enter this code in the Settings page.
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.
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.
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.
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!”
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.”
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.
For more information about using Twitter’s login verification, please visit Twitter’s help center.
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.