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Twitter Strengthens Two-Factor Authentication Options with Physical Security Keys

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Twitter is looking to beef up its account security options with the expansion of its support for physical security keys to mobile devices, which will enable anyone to use physical security keys to login to Twitter via iOS and Android.

What’s that, you say? Physical keys? Like your house keys?

Kind of.

Through Twitter’s WebAuthn API, people are able to utilize browser-to-hardware-based authentication, which facilitates additional account security through the use of devices like security keys, mobile phones, and TouchId. 

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Twitter made these extra security measures available via desktop back in 2018, and now, it’s expanding its authentication support to all device types, providing more ways for users to secure their profiles. 

That could be particularly useful for those who would prefer not to use their mobile phone number for such purpose.

Account security came into sharp focus for Twitter back in July, when several high profile user accounts were hacked and used to promote a crypto scam.

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The actual hack process, in this instance, utilized social engineering – the hackers tricked Twitter employees into giving them access to a control console, which then enabled them to access any account they wanted. 

As such, two-factor authentication wouldn’t have mattered – but even so, the incident served as a powerful reminder of the need to vigilance in your account security, and the potential damage than can be caused by hackers getting access to your credentials.

Definitely, hackers are becoming a larger concern. A US Government report filed in 2018, estimated that the economic cost of malicious cyber activity in America alone was between $57 billion and $109 billion in 2016. That’s four years ago, and with the pandemic putting even more pressure on the economy, you can bet that criminal groups are more desperate than ever, and that more cybercrime operations are now in effect. 

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As such, improving your account security is important, and adding more ways to implement safeguards will help Twitter ensure more people are better protected.

You can read more about Twitter’s authentication options here.

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Meta Announces 2022 Facebook Communities Summit Event

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Meta Announces 2022 Facebook Communities Summit Event

Meta has announced the date for its 2022 Facebook Communities Summit, with a virtual event scheduled for October 21st, in which Meta will bring together moderators from various Facebook groups to provide key insights and tips, while also sharing previews of upcoming groups tools and features.

As per Meta:

The Facebook Communities Summit is back. Join us virtually to celebrate inspiring community builders, hear from Facebook leaders, and learn about a number of new products and features to help you build, grow, and support your groups.”

Previous Communities Summit events have seen the launch of various new tools and updates, so it could well be worth tuning in if you’re looking to stay up with the latest group moderation options that could help to maximize your Facebook community.

Facebook Groups remain a key element of the broader Facebook experience. Despite the app, overall, losing engagement, groups are a key interaction space for many people, on many, many niche topics, and with the main feed becoming so divisive and political, many users have switched to groups to avoid the drama, and engage with like-minded people in a more private, enclosed way.

Indeed, Meta itself has repeatedly noted that Facebook users are sick of the politically divisive content in the app, and groups offers some respite from this. And with almost 2 billion people still logging onto Facebook every day, it can be an important connective consideration, and a good alternative for building community.

Which is also a consideration for brands, either by creating your own groups for fans/customers, or by seeking out groups related to your niche, and working to build connections within these communities.

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Meta has also been working to add in more monetization options for groups, which could also provide new considerations in seeking to meet your target audience where they’re spending their time.

As such, it could be worth tuning into the Communities Summit later this month to get the latest info on Facebook Groups, and where things are headed.

You can learn more about 2022 Facebook’s Communities Summit, and sign-up to attend, here.

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