Twitter Adds Two Step Verification System

Twitter logoWhen Burger King got hacked, we all laughed at the idea McDonalds might have bought it. When the Associated Press got hacked, we noticed. But it took the Onion in getting hacked for Twitter to finally do something…

Twitter rolled out a two-step verification system for users to get extra protection against would-be hackers. The verification method includes a special code that is sent via phone when they try to log in. With this extra step using a cell phone, hackers can become thwarted in trying to access an account.

This is not a new process – Facebook and Google both give this second verification step in your security features. Its better than a password because you don’t need to remember one. Its also better than a “name your pet” verification because in some cases (like Sarah Palin) people know that information.

“Today we’re introducing a new security feature to better protect your Twitter account: login verification,” says Jimio from the Twitter Product Security Team on the Twitter blog. “With login verification enabled, your existing applications will continue to work without disruption. If you need to sign in to your Twitter account on other devices or apps, visit your applications page to generate a temporary password to log in and authorize that application.

If you choose not to opt in you run risk of getting hacked. Of course, you also need to keep your phone numbers up-to-date. If that changes, you might have problems getting into your accounts.

If your Twitter Gets Hacked

First, attempt to change your password. If you still can’t log in, contact Twitter through a Support request. (choosing “Hacked account” from the list of options).

The Onion’s Take: Unemployed Buying Apple?

Should unemployed buy apple customers

Should unemployed buy apple customers

Of course, the Onion is a satirical newspaper (founded in my hometown, I am proud to say). The video version, which you can find onRoku as a channel, is a great way to spend some downtime. Yet, every now and then, they hit one out of the park.

Video: In The Know: Should The Nation’s Unemployed Be Buying New Apple Computers?

In this video, they have a panel of hosts talk about why unemployed people should buy a Macbook. One panel member asks why they shouldn’t get a least expensive computer. Another suggests they should just use the computer they have already.

The ending is pretty surprising and a little emotional. That makes this video all the more funnier. So sit back and enjoy this great video.

I talked about the Onion in 2009 when a Bangledesh news source used the Onion to get their news.