Twitter users, beware: the platform’s latest update restricts text message-based two-factor authentication to paid subscribers only.

But don’t worry, you can still keep your Twitter account secure without shelling out for Twitter Blue. In this article, we’ll explore the alternatives to text message-based 2FA, including authentication apps and security keys. We’ll explain how to set them up and use them, and provide some tips for ensuring your account stays secure. So if you’re a budget-conscious Twitter user looking for ways to stay safe in the Wild West of social media, read on!

Ah, Twitter – it’s like the Wild West of social media. You never know who’s lurking out there, just waiting to pounce on your unprotected account. But never fear, for Twitter has a solution: Twitter Blue, the premium service that will save your security bacon… for a price.

Yes, Twitter has now restricted text message-based two-factor authentication to Twitter Blue subscribers only. So if you’re a budget-conscious user, you might be wondering: how can I keep my Twitter account secure without paying up? Fear not, dear reader, for we have some answers.

First, a quick primer: two-factor authentication (2FA) adds an extra layer of security to your account by requiring a code in addition to your password to log in. The code is usually generated by an app or sent via text message. But now, Twitter is restricting the text message option to paid subscribers. So what are your options?

Well, one alternative is to use an authentication app, such as Microsoft Authenticator or Google Authenticator. These apps generate codes that you can use to log in. Another option is to use a security key, a small device that generates a set of random numbers that you enter when prompted. Both of these methods require physical possession of the authentication method, which makes them a good way to ensure your account is secure.

To set up an authentication app or security key, go to the “Security and account access” section of your Twitter settings. From there, you can select “Authentication app” and follow the instructions to set it up. And don’t worry – there are plenty of free apps available in the app store, such as Authy, Duo Mobile, and 1Password.

So there you have it: a few ways to keep your Twitter account secure without breaking the bank. And if you’re feeling really brave, you can always try using a Ouija board to contact the Twitter gods and ask for their protection. Just don’t blame us if it doesn’t work.

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