Email of the day: “Twitter two-factor authentication is now off”
I’ve had a twitter account since October 2006. In that time they’ve been pretty diligent about security.
Today’s email, subject line is: “Twitter two-factor authentication is now off”
You’ve turned off two-factor authentication for @artlung
This means you’ll no longer have this added protection when you log in to Twitter. Your account will be more vulnerable to compromise. You can turn on two-factor authentication any time in the Account > Security section of your Twitter settings.
[ Go to settings ]
I didn’t turn off the authentication, this is Twitter “saving money.”
In the same way they don’t pay their landlord.
In the same way they don’t pay severance due to people fired.
The world’s richest man, it turns out, is a dirty cheapskate.
Here’s an email from Twitter from August 2020:
You’ve turned on two-factor authentication for @artlung
This means you’ll need to use a second authentication method in addition to your password when you log in to Twitter. You can turn off two-factor authentication any time in the Account > Security section of your Twitter settings.
Make sure to save a single-use backup code in a safe place. This lets you log in to Twitter if you lose your mobile phone or don’t have access to any of your other two-factor authentication methods.
[ Save a backup code ]
Previously: Twitter went private, then it got weird.
On the referred to “Learn more” page it says:
Effective 20 March 2023, we will no longer support two-factor authentication using text messages for non-Twitter Blue subscribers. At that time, if you have text message 2FA still enabled, you will be prompted to disable it before you can continue to use your account. Please note the availability of text message 2FA for Twitter Blue may vary by country and carrier.
And that page refers to a blog post: An update on two-factor authentication using SMS on Twitter from February 15, 2023:
We continue to be committed to keeping people safe and secure on Twitter, and a primary security tool we offer to keep your account secure is two-factor authentication (2FA). Instead of only entering a password to log in, 2FA requires you to also enter a code or use a security key. This additional step helps make sure that you, and only you, can access your account. To date, we have offered three methods of 2FA: text message, authentication app, and security key.
While historically a popular form of 2FA, unfortunately we have seen phone-number based 2FA be used – and abused – by bad actors. So starting today, we will no longer allow accounts to enroll in the text message/SMS method of 2FA unless they are Twitter Blue subscribers. The availability of text message 2FA for Twitter Blue may vary by country and carrier.
Non-Twitter Blue subscribers that are already enrolled will have 30 days to disable this method and enroll in another. After 20 March 2023, we will no longer permit non-Twitter Blue subscribers to use text messages as a 2FA method. At that time, accounts with text message 2FA still enabled will have it disabled. Disabling text message 2FA does not automatically disassociate your phone number from your Twitter account. If you would like to do so, instructions to update your account phone number are available on our Help Center.
We encourage non-Twitter Blue subscribers to consider using an authentication app or security key method instead. These methods require you to have physical possession of the authentication method and are a great way to ensure your account is secure.
Learn more about two-factor authentication on Twitter on our Help Center.
UPDATE: today in the iOS app, pitching me to pay money for Twitter:
What did I do for my birthday yesterday.
- Looked at Surfline and was disappointed to see rain and wind which prevented me from bodysurfing
- Got out my sewing machine
- Repaired a cloth grocery bag
- Repaired one of my singlet swimsuits
- Watched American Splendor
- Ate muffins
- Folded clothes
- Put up some art on the walls
- Bought shoes
- Went to Apple Store
- Picked up a turntable from my uncle
- Dropped off tax papers
- Visited Michael’s for craft storage-y stuff
- Watched Sideways
- Folded clothes
- Visited Sea Hive at Liberty Station
- Felt glad I took the day off work
- Posted to Instagram and Mastodon about a goat on a jetty
- Had a lobster roll at Liberty Station
- Started watching Chef (also was reminded that folks used to say I looked like Oliver Platt, and it holds up not too bad; also that I do enjoy Cuban food)
- Had delicious artichokes and salmon for dinner, with K
- Watched the latest episode of Perry Mason
- Received a robot as a gift
- Went to bed listening to the rain, with K
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Waves were flat today. I was alone in the water a few times. Smattering of longboard riders. Older, mostly. There was a fella on the Jetty with his goat. He said neither he nor his goat liked the ocean. They don’t like to be cold. Also near the Jetty: a large collection of baby stingray, scattering from the swoop of my swim fins. Each one with a body about the size of a big chocolate chip cookie. Not a bad birthday’s eve session.
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This was my 12th birthday party i think. I’m pretty sure it was a video arcade in Gretna, Louisiana—across the Mississippi from New Orleans. That lightning bolt hat I have on wasn’t a Chargers hat, but it wasn’t NOT a Chargers hat. The Space Invaders shirt wasn’t retro at the time, it was state of the art.
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This photo was on my Mom’s fridge for a very long time. If I’m remembering right. I think it’s from my first Godson‘s christening. It’s a moment in time a long time ago. I can’t go back and tell that fella any advice. Time goes forward if we’re lucky.
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Dawn patrol dog walk
Quote of the Day: anti-testimonial
“Better to talk to people than communicate via tweet”
—Twitter’s owner, today
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