Since Twitter doesn’t really have a great history in terms of accounts’ privacy, the company is constantly making efforts to enhance the privacy of the accounts on the platform. Recently, one of the social media giants has introduced physical keys to be the only form of two-factor authentication in order to safeguard their accounts from hackers.
Physical keys simply plug into the USB drive of your laptop or computer or connect to your smartphone via near-field chip (NFC) or Bluetooth. As the company says, physical security keys is the strongest way of protecting your accounts from unauthorized users or hackers.
The main reason the company calls it the strongest protection is that these keys are integrated with exceptional protection that even if these are used on a phishing site, the information revealed would be able to provide access to the user’s Twitter account.
WebAuthn and FIDO standards are embraced to build these physical security keys. These are also capable of differentiating between authentic and malicious websites and also block any possible phishing attempts.
The previous year, Twitter was attacked by some invaders who took over the accounts of high-profile individuals including Joe Biden, Apple, Kim Kardashian, and more for a cryptocurrency scam. Three hackers were however found and charged. But, since then, the company has been even more concerned for the safeguard of its users’ private data and credentials and hence kept on improving privacy.
The company believes that rolling out physical security keys would be a great turnover and help prevent cyberattacks. The company also allows its users to register multiple security keys as backups for their accounts. Multiple keys also make it easier for accounts managed by a group of people to access with their unique two-factor authentication.
Moreover, people who don’t feel comfortable sharing their phone numbers for two-factor authentication can use physical security keys for the purpose and as their only source of two-factor authentication.