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(Pocket-lint) - Twitter announced on Tuesday that it is rolling out login verification as a security measure for accounts.

With increasing attacks on the Twitter accounts of Burger King, Jeep, Associated Press and others, the social network's lax security has been a valid concern. Today's update should help many to feel at ease.

To enable the much-anticipated feature in under a minute, go to Twitter's settings menu and select “Require a verification code when I sign in". Confirm the email address on file and a verified phone number.

Twitter said this release was "built on top of Twitter via SMS", so the service needs to be able to send a text before a user can enrol. Once users confirm they can receive texts from Twitter, everything will be good to go.

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"With login verification enabled, your existing applications will continue to work without disruption," wrote Twitter in a blog post. "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 authorise that application."

This security measure is akin to two-factor authentication and basically ensures an account's actual user is attempting to sign-in. As Twitter mentioned, though, users should still maintain strong passwords and follow general security advice when online.

Writing by Elyse Betters.
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