Livestreaming platform Twitch has taken steps to further secure its service. The company announced that it has partnered with Authy to provide two-factor authentication to its user accounts. Right now adding this security feature is voluntarily and users can continue to use their existing credentials to log into Twitch.
For those that are interested in using two-factor authentication, the company says to go into their security settings, select “two-factor authentication”, enter their Twitch password and phone number, and then the verification code you receive via text message or Authy.
Twitch users will likely breathe a sigh of relief now that this security measure has been deployed. Following repeated attacks on the platform, some have been clamoring for this capability to defend their accounts better. There have even been instances when players have found themselves on the receiving end of cyberattacks … and worse. A gamer by the name of PhantomL0rd shared in 2013 that hackers attacked his livestream and called the police to his home just for laughs.
What’s more, hackers are definitely interested in the data stored within Twitch’s database. In 2014, an unknown third-party gained access to both the Xbox and PlayStation Twitch channel accounts, leaving offensive comments in place of video titles and descriptions. Then in March, the company said it was hacked with some personal account information potentially compromised.
The addition of Authy, which telephony platform Twilio purchased earlier this year, offers some peace of mind to gamers and viewers, especially as there might be potential for more commercial features to be added to the service in the future. It’s certainly an appealing target to compromise, so why not make it a bit more difficult for someone to try.
Founded in June 2011 and acquired by Amazon in 2014, Twitch is the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers. Each month, more than 100 million gather to watch and talk about video games with more than 1.5 millio… read more »
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