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Twitter rolls out hardware security key support for Android and iPhone devices

Twitter rolls out hardware security key support for Android and iPhone devices
The Siliconreview
07 Decemebr, 2020

Twitter has rolled out hardware security key support for Android and iPhone devices, to help users keep their accounts more secure. Now anyone with a security key set up on their Twitter account can use that same key to log in from their mobile device, so long as the key is supported. Twitter first announced support for hardware security keys in 2018.The main aim was to allow users to add a physical security barrier to their accounts in place of other two-factor authentication option.

Hardware security keys mean hackers cannot easily break into Twitter accounts, even if they have usernames and passwords. The company first allowed hardware security keys to its own staff, after it suffered a massive cybersecurity attack. In total, 130 accounts were targeted by attackers, 45 accounts had Tweets sent by attackers, and eight accounts had an archive of "Your Twitter Data" downloaded informed Twitter.

The accounts of major public figures including US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Apple, and Uber were simultaneously hacked by attackers to spread a cryptocurrency scam. Therefore, to protect users data and other crucial data and to manage cybersecurity issues, Twitter has allowed the hardware security support for both Android and iPhone device users.