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How to turn on two factor authentication on social media

Have you ever had someone tag you in a random ad on Facebook? Or worse, have you ever woken up, only to notice you liked a series of weird posts? Yeah, you’ve been hacked. So, you change your password, feel safer, and call it a day. Right?

I haven’t always been concerned with social media security, but over the last few weeks I turned on the two factor authentication on all of my accounts. Not that anything strange has been happening to my account, I just want to be extra sure. There are some crazy people out there, you know. To save you some time, I have gathered all of the steps to turn on two step authentication for all of your social media accounts.


  1. Go to your profile
  2. Select “Two factor authentication”
  3. Turn on “Require Security Code”
  4. Add your phone number
  5. You will now receive a text-message from Instagram
  6. Enter the code that has been sent to you


On the computer:

  1. Click on your avatar and select “settings”
  2. Click on “Security & privacy”
  3. Select the box next to “Login verification”
  4. Enter your phone number (if you haven’t already done so) and click “Send message”
  5. Twitter will send you a text message
  6. Enter the code you received and click on “Submit”
  7. After this step, you can also choose to create back up codes (click on “Get back up code”). If you ever lose your phone, you can use this code to still get into your account

Twitter settings

In the app:

  1. Go to your profile
  2. Click on the settings wheel (iOS) or hamburger menu (Android)
  3. Select “Account” and then “Security”
  4. Turn on “Login verification”
  5. If you haven’t yet added your phone number, sync it now
  6. Tap “Send code”
  7. Twitter will send you a text message
  8. Enter the code you received and tap “Submit”
  9. Just like on the website, you can choose to generate a back up code. Tap “Get back up code” and screenshot the code to save it


On Facebook, two factor authentication is called login approvals.

On the computer:

  1. Click on the down facing arrow on the upper right hand corner and select “Settings”
  2. Click on “Security” and then on “Login approvals”
  3. Check the box “Require a login code to access my account from unknown browsers”
  4. A pop up will appear and click “Get started”
  5. Facebook will send you a text message
  6. Enter the code in the text message

In the app:

  1. Click on the menu in the bottom right (hamburger menu)
  2. Scroll down to “Settings”and select “Account settings”
  3. In account settings, choose “Security”
  4. Select the box next to “Login Approvals On”
  5. Enter your Facebook password
  6. Click “Start Setup”
  7. Enter or change your telephone number and click “Continue”
  8. Facebook will now send you a text message
  9. Enter the code from the text message
  10. You can choose to turn on login approvals right away, or you can still change your mind and turn off login approvals within a week without using a code.

Facebook approval

step 2 Facebook

step 3LinkedIn

On the computer:

  1. Click on your avatar in the upper right corner
  2. Click on “Privacy and settings”
  3. Select “Privacy” in the middle of the top menu
  4. Scroll down to the bottom and click on “Two factor authentication”
  5. Add you phone number (if you haven’t already)
  6. Enter your password
  7. LinkedIn will send you a text message
  8. Enter the code from the text message and click “Verify”
  9. Go back to “Privacy” (middle of the top menu) and to “Two factor authentication” and turn it on
  10. Enter your password again
  11. LinkedIn will send you a new text message
  12. Enter the new code from the text message

* My LinkedIn profile is in Dutch, so showing pictures of the process wouldn’t be very helpful ? If you need assistance, you know where to find me.


In the app:

  1. Go to the camera page and scroll down the ghost
  2. In the right hand corner, click the settings wheel
  3. Click on “Two-factor Authentication”
  4. Turn on “Require security code”
  5. You will get a “Login verification” screen, click “Continue”
  6. Choose a way to verify your account (SMS or Google Authenticator), in this case, I used SMS
  7. You can also generate a recovery code
  8. Click on “Generate code” and make a screenshot of the code and save it somewhere safe

Ok, and let me give you one bonus. Earlier this year, Facebook bought WhatsApp (for $19 billion…), meaning WhatsApp will share data to Facebook. You can limit this by changing the settings in WhatsApp. No worries, due to end-to-end encryption, Facebook will never be able to see the content of your messages or your media. Gossip freely.

It is still unclear what data WhatsApp is sharing with Facebook. FB says having access to your phone number will make it easier to show you more relevant adds (on FB). Personally, I don’t know how my phone number should get me targeted ads, so I opted out.

I never read terms or small print, so I accidentally agreed to the new WhatsApp privacy policy. If you are like me, you still have an option to turn off the sharing. Warning: if you have already turned this off, the settings will disappear from the menu. After that, it can’t be undone. Follow these steps to turn off data sharing between WhatsApp and Facebook:

  1. Open the app
  2. Go to settings
  3. Click on account
  4. Deselect Share my account info

If you have any questions, e-mail, tweet, insta me!


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