TwoFactor

Twitter apologizes for targeting ads with email, phone numbers used for two-factor authentication

Twitter announced on Tuesday it inadvertently used emails and phone numbers entered for two-factor authentication (2FA), a security measure users can enable to protect their accounts, to target ads to some users included in Tailored Audiences and Partner Audiences lists. The company said, as of September 17, the mistake had been corrected and that it …

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What Is Two-Factor or Multi-Factor Authentication?

Traditional password-and-username authentication can leave users vulnerable. In 2010 Christopher Chaney, a celebrity-obsessed cyber-stalker, got hold of a number of celebrity emails. Using data gleaned from social media and Wikipedia, he successfully guessed the passwords to over 50 personal email accounts belonging to famous women, including Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, and Christina Aguilera. He had …

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