Complex security protocols can be difficult to implement for any enterprise. That does not mean that it is not necessary.
The Twitter Story
Back in July 2020, some high profile Twitter user accounts were hacked to promote a crypto scam. Using social engineering, the actual hack process led Twitter employees to believe in the user identity allowing these fraudsters to gain access to the control console. By extension, the hackers were able to access any Twitter user account they wanted.
As a result of this incident, Twitter released a press note that focused on:
“Protecting your account on all of your devices is important. We’ve updated two-factor authentication so you can now log in with your physical security key on Android and iOS, like on a desktop.”
Upgrading to Multifactor Authentication
With this announcement, Twitter confirmed the integration of multifactor authentication (MFA) measures. The WebAuthn API that is backed by a browser to hardware based authentication enables the system to become stronger at combating phishing to their user accounts by incorporating the use of devices like FIDO Security Key, mobile phones, and Touch ID.
In reality, this means that the restrictive nature of adding the Security Key to your account on the desktop can now be extended to even your smartphone via the authenticator app. This is welcome news for those wanting to have the option to secure their respective Twitter accounts with additional protective layers such as USB/NFC Security Key that comes with two factor authentication protocols.
Benefits of Multifactor Authenticators
Let’s take a look at some of the obvious benefits of implementing a multifactor authentication system.
Enhances Security :
Two factor authentication tools that are further enhanced with the FIDO Security Key minimizes the possibility of unauthorized penetration into networks, channels and company assets that house sensitive data and information. While a fraudster may hack through the first protective layer with the username and password combination, it will be next to impossible to duplicate the credentials of FIDO Security Key.
Boosts Productivity and Flexibility :
Rooting for higher productivity is the primary concern of enterprises of all sizes. With the integration of a MFA solution that is compatible with FIDO Security Key ensures improved coverage against phishing and malware attacks especially when it comes to accessing data, documents, corporate applications and back-office systems. It also protects all devices, networks and channels making them accessible anytime, and from any corner of the globe reducing risks significantly.
Reduce Illegal Access and Build Secure Online Relationships
Stealing user identities accounts for one of the highest online crimes worldwide. Implementation of FIDO certified/compliance MFA which is supported by multifactor authentication platforms reduces the probabilities of illegally accessing assets, networks and channels. It also promotes secure online relationships by providing an additional layer of protection for the end user. Offering a secured experience helps the brand in creating more engaging and interactive opportunities for its users.
Despite the fact the there will always a continuous conflict between enhanced security and user convenience, recent events have driven companies like Twitter to introduces this multi-tier security protocols as a necessary step. While the actual migration may take time, the fact that it has arrived on the forefront is a promising start the next generation security platforms.