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Twitter Adds New Measures of Security and Tests Improvements for Tweets With Photos or Videos

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Published: March 27, 2021 (Updated: March 31, 2021)

This year, Twitter has more than 187 million daily users and an advertising audience of 353 million users, according to HubSpot. With so many users and such large advertising audiences on this platform, it can be a popular one for hackers to take over these influential accounts for their own personal gain. However, Twitter has recently added new security features that make it much more difficult to gain access to someone’s account that you shouldn’t have.

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Back in December, Twitter added support for physical security keys to mobile devices, providing more security options in its apps. However, they added to their security by adding support for multiple security keys. If you’re unsure of what that means, you’re not the only one. 

What that means for the average Twitter user is that anyone on Twitter can have more than one security key linked to their account, and use them for 2FA login support on any device.

Overall, this means that you can add second devices to your account to allow or deny a new user or device on your account. Physical security keys enable users to add additional account security through the use of devices like mobile phones and TouchID, adding an extra layer to your account access process.

When this was revealed, Twitter explained, “This additional step helps make sure that you, and only you, can access your account. Security keys are the most phishing-resistant form of 2FA.”

Though this is beneficial to anyone looking to secure their account on Twitter, it is mainly going to impact those who did not want to add their phone number into their 2FA security account. And, this process will benefit users with a large audience or large influence on their audience. 

In addition to this, Twitter’s also looking to provide the capacity to add and use security keys as your only authentication method, without any other methods turned on.

Twitter is also working on improvements for tweets that contain photos and videos, which excites a lot of users that share video and photo content. The three main improvements for photos and videos are: 

  1. Larger Images in Twitter Timeline
  2. Higher Resolution Photo Uploads
  3. YouTube Videos in Twitter Timeline

Each of these updates will be beneficial for all of Twitter’s users. However, one community that is looking forward to these updates is the infographic community, because now the platform will better support larger files like those required for infographics. 

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