Aug 6, 2013

Alum Alex Smolen (MIMS 2011) Designs Twitter’s New Two-Factor Authentication System

From Wired

Twitter’s Killer New Two-Factor Solution Kicks SMS to the Curb

By Mat Honan

When Twitter rolled out two-factor authentication back in May, it hinted that the SMS authentication would be merely a first step in a more robust security solution. Today, WIRED got a better look at the company’s just-announced new system that relies on application based authentication–which means it can provide a complete end to end security without relying on third parties or codes sent via SMS.

“When we decided to implement two-factor, we wanted something that was easy to use and didn’t follow the same formula everyone else was using,” explains Twitter security engineer [and I School alumnus] Alex Smolen....


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