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Twitter Revamps Security to Fight Account Hijackings

May 9, 2014

To better protect its users from having their accounts pirated, the social network Twitter has announced two new measures: a simplified password reset procedure and enhanced identity verification during suspicious login attempts.

Twitter users can now reset their passwords at any time by requesting a special confirmation code, which they can choose to receive either by email or text message. Having a choice between the two methods should come in handy for people who no longer use the email address they signed up with.

In addition, Twitter has introduced personalized questions that only the account holder can answer as a means of verifying identity during suspicious log-in attempts, such as those from a new device or IP address, for example.

Updates to the email or phone number linked to an account can be made in Twitter’s settings.