How to Set Up Two-Factor Authentication on Various Social Networks

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It’s quite common these days to hear stories of users who have had their accounts tampered with. As a precaution, you may want to enable extra security measures, such as two-factor authentication, when using popular social media apps.

Since every social network has its own design, you may not be able to find this security option as easily. Not to worry, since the following guide will show you how you can quickly enable two-factor authentication for most popular social apps.

What Is Two-Factor Authentication?

Two-factor authentication (also referred to as 2FA) is an extra layer of protection added to ensure that users trying to get access to an account are who they say they are. First, your password and username is entered. Then, instead of instantly gaining access to the account, you are required to provide another piece of information – for example, a code.  

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You can get that code via text messages or using a specialized authenticator app which you install on your mobile device. Once linked to your accounts, the app will generate a stream of random codes to be utilized whenever needed. This method does not require an Internet connection to give you the code.

Facebook

To set up Facebook’s two-factor authentication, you’ll need to go through your account’s settings, whether you’re doing so on your PC or mobile. Steps may vary depending on which device you’re using.

Desktop

Navigate to Facebook and then click on the downward arrow in the upper-right corner. From there, select “Settings & Privacy -> Privacy Shortcuts.” Scroll down until you reach the “Account Security” section and click on “Use Two-Factor Authentication.”

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Here you will be presented with two options. The recommended one is to use an authentication app to generate verification codes for more protection. The second one is Text Messages (SMS). This method uses texts to send verification codes to your phone after you’ve logged in in to your Facebook account. If you want to select this option, click on the “Use Text Message (SMS)” button and follow the steps.

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To take the recommended route, click on the “Use Authentication App” button. A QR code will be generated on your display.

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Open the authenticator app and scan the QR code. An authentication code will now be generated by the app. It needs to be copy-pasted to your Facebook desktop app. That’s it! Two-factor authentication is now on.

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If you go back the same route “Settings & Privacy -> Privacy Checkup -> Account Security -> Two-factor authentication,” you’ll notice that you can now add a backup method so that you can log in even if your security method is not available. This includes Text Messages (SMS), Security Key and Recovery Codes. It may be a good idea to set one of these up just in case you can’t access your account the regular way.

Mobile

If you’re using Facebook on your mobile device, open the app on your handset. Tap on the hamburger menu located in the upper right and scroll down until you find “Settings & Privacy.” Tap on it and select “Privacy Shortcuts.”

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Scroll down until you reach the “Account Security” section and tap on the “Use Two-Factor Authentication” feature. Once you’ve done that, you’ll see the same two options we’ve outlined above.

Twitter

To enable the Twitter two-factor authentication on PC, find the menu in the left side of the display and click on More.

Next, choose “Settings and Privacy.” Find the Settings menu and select the “Security and Account Access” option, then Security. Click on the “Two-Factor Authentication” option and choose your preferred method.

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In Twitter, you get three options you can choose from: Text message, Authentication app or Security Key. A Security Key is a USB- or NFC-based piece of hardware that plugs into your computer or mobile device to authenticate. To use this method, you’ll have to have one of the two previous options turned on first.

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Also note that you’ll need to use the latest version of a supported browser – such as Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge or Safari – in order to add or log in to your account with a security key.

Mobile

On your mobile device, tap on the hamburger menu in the upper-left corner, then on “Settings & Privacy -> Account.”

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Under “Login and Security,” you should spot the Security option. Tap on it to go to the “Two-Factor Authentication” feature. From there turn on whatever option suits you better.

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Instagram

To add extra protection to your Instagram account, open the app on your phone and go to your profile.

Tap the hamburger menu located in the upper-right corner. Select Settings (at the bottom). Click on Security, then look for and click on “Two-Factor Authentication.”

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Now tap on the blue “Get Started” button that appears in the next window. Like on Facebook, you get two options: Text Message and Authentication App, with the latter being the recommended method. Toggle on the option you prefer, then follow the steps outlined to turn on the feature.

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Snapchat

Privacy protection is a priority at Snapchat, so of course the app includes a two-factor authentication feature. You can turn it on by tapping on your profile icon in the upper-left corner as you open the app, then on Settings (the gear icon) on the right.

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From the menu that appears, select “Two-Factor Authentication.” Snapchat calls the feature “Login Verification.” Once enabled, you will need a verification code to log in on new devices.

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Tap the green Continue button at the bottom to select whether you want to go for SMS Verification or the Authentication App method.

WhatsApp

To better protect your privacy on WhatsApp, open the app on your mobile device, then tap on the three-dot menu in the upper-right corner. Select “Settings -> Account -> Two-Step Verification.”

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Tap on the Enable button, and the app will ask you to enter a PIN to use as verification. Optionally, it will also request an email address as a backup option in case you forget your PIN. We suggest you do so to prevent any possible issues that may arise.

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At least for now, you can only turn this option on from within the mobile app.

Linkedin

With Linkedin, you need to have as much personal info as possible displayed on your profile to find a good job. With such sensitive information at risk, it’s a good idea to enable the two-factor authentication.

Desktop

You can do this on the desktop app by clicking on the drop-down menu below your profile picture. Tap on “Settings & Privacy” and then on “Sign In & Security.” Scroll all the way down to where you should see the two-step verification option.

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Click on the “Turn on” button to select between an authenticator app or phone number (SMS) methods of verifying your account.

Mobile

On mobile, the process differs a bit. Open the app and tap on your avatar image in the upper-left corner of the display. A menu slider will appear. From there, select Settings.

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Next, click on “Sign & Security,” then search for and select “Two-step verification.” From there, simply choose your preferred method.

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Conclusion

By enabling two-factor authentication, your information is going to be much safer. As you can see, enabling this feature is not as hard or tedious as you may have thought it was.

If you’d like to learn more about how to better protect data on your mobile device, perhaps you would be interested to learn how you can unlock your phone’s safe folder or take a look at our list of the best privacy-focused browsers for Android.

Alexandra Arici Alexandra Arici

Alexandra is passionate about mobile tech and can be often found fiddling with a smartphone from some obscure company. She kick-started her career in tech journalism in 2013, after working a few years as a middle-school teacher. Constantly driven by curiosity, Alexandra likes to know how things work and to share that knowledge with everyone.

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