Finding it hard to maintain secrecy of your password on the micro-blogging site Twitter? Well, now the company is making it easier for users to change their passwords with a simple text message that can get the job done, helping to push the company forward on new security measures after fears of personal information being breached has hit the headlines in recent months.
It comes on the heels of the Heartbleed Bug scandal, which has potentially compromised millions of users' personal information and bank data. Twitter, which is pushing out an awareness campaign for users, is hopeful that this will help their hundreds of millions of users maintain their accounts without fear of being hijacked by third parties.
"The new process lets you choose the email address or phone number associated with your account where you'd like us to send your reset information. That way, whether you've recently changed your phone number, or are traveling with limited access to your devices, or had an old email address connected to your Twitter account, you've got options," Twitter said in a blog post.
The move also follows what Google began doing in 2010, when the company issued new measures that would help secure logins, giving histories of logins and other information to help users see if their accounts had been breached.
"We're aware that many people reuse the same passwords across multiple sites. And when any of these sites are compromised, stolen passwords could be used to access your account on Twitter," Twitter continued.
The Heartbleed Bug left many industry experts and average citizens frustrated over the current status quo in security online. The result has been a massive overhaul by many online sites to ensure that personal information has not been taken without the pre-authorization of users. For Twitter, this is vital to users being able to know that they are the only ones posting tweets from their accounts and that their information is not being taken and used without their knowledge.
The new measures by Twitter should help users know when their account has been accessed by someone other than themselves. According to the company, it will ask a user a secret question about their account before giving access. An email notification will also be sent when an anomaly has been detected by the San Francisco-based company.
Twitter has said recently that security for its users is a great concern and by adding this new tool, it hopes that it will keep accounts safer.