Posted 08/07/2013 at 9:53 AM
Posted 4 years ago
Twitter for Android and iOS has received a significant update that brings a better way to securely login to accounts on your mobile devices. Two-step verification was recently introduced to the micro-blogging service’s web-platform and the same feature will now be introduced on the two major mobile operating systems.
With the new “Login Verification” feature, users will be able to approve login requests directly from the mobile app. Unlike the SMS-based verification system that Twitter launched earlier this year, there will be no need to rely on text messages and phone numbers (which were limited to certain carriers). Instead, the app is enough to verify requests, which means that Twitter will be able to make the feature available globally.
To use the feature, users will need to tap on their username (or select the Me tab and Settings for iOS) and select Security. The Login Verification can then be enabled. From here the app will generate a backup code which should be noted down as it will be needed to login if you have misplaced your phone. Using the backup code will allow you to access your account without being locked out of it.
Login Verification will also show login requests that have been made and a rough location of the applications. This will help you determine whether your account has been the victim of a hacking attempt.
In addition to the excellent new security update, Twitter has also added several other new features to the Android and iOS apps.
The search menu has been improved in line with the web version, making it easier for users to find what they are looking for. There is also a new photo search gallery and an option to “View more photos” during a search. The iOS app will gain the ability to use the photo gallery on individual user profiles, improved app launch, and the option of managing lists within applications, simplifying the creation, editing, and organization of lists and subscriptions.