A Twitter account can be secured in many ways to make it harder for hackers to break in. The two basic security features that work with Twitter are SMS-based two-factor authentication (2FA) or a one-time login code. But now, you can use handy third-party authentication apps.

Android Police learned that the company had added support for third-party authentication some months ago, but didn’t announce it.

Here’s how to set it up:

◘ Install a two-factor authentication app like Google Authenticator or Authy.
◘ Set up a personal account with the service on the phone.
◘ Log in to Twitter and head to Settings.
◘ Under the ‘Security’ head, check the box that says ‘Verify login requests’ and type in the verification code you receive via SMS on that page.

◘ Next, click the button labeled ‘Setup a code generator app’; instructions, along with a bar code will pop up. Launch the 2FA app on your phone and use it to scan the bar code.

◘ You’ll now see a six-digit code labeled Twitter in your 2FA app. The next time you try to log into Twitter, you’ll be prompted to enter this code that changes every few seconds. It works even if the phone is offline.

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There it is. Enjoy a more secured Twitter account.

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